4 Steps to Avalanche Safety In & Out-of-Bounds

9th January 2014 | Becky Lomax

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Inbounds avalanche closures denote areas that can potentially slide. - ©Scott Innes/Flickr

Inbounds avalanche closures denote areas that can potentially slide.
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Inbounds avalanche closures denote areas that can potentially slide. - ©Scott Innes/Flickr
A ski patroller tests snow stability in a snow pit. - ©Becky Lomax

A ski patroller tests snow stability in a snow pit.
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A ski patroller tests snow stability in a snow pit. - ©Becky Lomax
Avalanches can occur inbounds and out-of-bounds at ski resorts.  - ©Dean/Flickr

Avalanches can occur inbounds and out-of-bounds at ski resorts.
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Avalanches can occur inbounds and out-of-bounds at ski resorts.  - ©Dean/Flickr
A skier practices with her beacon before going into the backcountry. - ©Becky Lomax

A skier practices with her beacon before going into the backcountry.
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A skier practices with her beacon before going into the backcountry. - ©Becky Lomax
Sidecountry skiers and snowboarders should carry the proper gear: beacons, probes and shovels. - ©Becky Lomax

Sidecountry skiers and snowboarders should carry the proper gear: beacons, probes and shovels.
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Sidecountry skiers and snowboarders should carry the proper gear: beacons, probes and shovels. - ©Becky Lomax
Ski resort boundary rope line at Steamboat. - ©Nick Newell/Flickr

Ski resort boundary rope line at Steamboat.
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Ski resort boundary rope line at Steamboat. - ©Nick Newell/Flickr
At Whitefish Mountain Resort, signs at ski area boundary exits remind backcountry travellers of safety concerns. - ©Becky Lomax

At Whitefish Mountain Resort, signs at ski area boundary exits remind backcountry travellers of safety concerns.
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At Whitefish Mountain Resort, signs at ski area boundary exits remind backcountry travellers of safety concerns. - ©Becky Lomax
Gates into the backcountry from Crystal Mountain are sometimes closed due to avalanche danger.  - ©Andrew Longstreth/Crystal Mountain Resort

Gates into the backcountry from Crystal Mountain are sometimes closed due to avalanche danger.
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Gates into the backcountry from Crystal Mountain are sometimes closed due to avalanche danger.  - ©Andrew Longstreth/Crystal Mountain Resort