Avalanche Safety

Climbing mountains and skiing untracked powder may be awesome, but suffocating in a pile of snow isn't. Learn how to properly assess the avalanche danger and stay alive in the backcountry. For current avalanche warning and snowpack information visit mtavalanche.com.

Avalanche Safety, Avalanche Rescue, Bozeman
David Tucker
Preparing for the slide.   Read more >>
Mount Blackmore, Bozeman backcountry
Berreth, Mark
Surviving a Blackmore slide. Read more >>
winter, backcountry, Outside Bozeman, Montana
Pogge, Drew
Avalanche airbags 101. Read more >>
Knoff, Eric
Ice climbing and avalanche safety in Bozeman's backyard playground. Read more >>
Rogel, Christine
Snowmobilers have unique avalanche risk factors built into their sport. Today’s high-powered sleds are capable of reaching new heights at greater speeds, and each year riders venture farther into remote terrain. Read more >>
Chabot, Doug
I get excited at the thought of fresh powder and start to salivate every time I hear, “a winter storm warning is in effect.” Obviously others share my obsession since each storm is followed by a shortage of workers in Bozeman, as folks call in sick and play hooky. Read more >>
Chabot, Doug
Chances are you're someone who enjoys winter – as a snowmobiler, backcountry skier, or snowboarder, you probably dream of steep slopes and deep, untracked powder. Or perhaps you snowshoe or cross-country ski, and you cherish the winter woods and the solitude that a blanket of snow provides. Read more >>
Bridger Mountains Avalanche, Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center
Marienthal, Alex
Snow, weather, and terrain. Read more >>
Sheets, Jenny
Once those little white flakes start falling from the sky, dreams of powder turns and face-shots begin as you wait for the little blue light atop the Hotel Baxter to start flashing, announcing fresh snow at Bridger Bowl. Read more >>
Krueger, Ryan
Backcountry skiing is the best way to sample endless untracked powder—but when things get hairy, you can’t look to a ski patroller for help. People get hurt, break equipment, or get hypothermia, and without the right gear, the situation can escalate quickly. Read more >>
Cunningham, Terry
Avalanche safety is all about information and preparation. To maximize your chances of staying safe in avalanche country, we’ve compiled a list of avalanche “do’s and don’ts.”DO: Read more >>
Cunningham, Terry
The Dos Equis–hawking character dubbed “the Most Interesting Man in the World” has a rival in Bozeman resident Doug Chabot. The 48-year-old was arrested and jailed for a week by border guards in Tajikistan. Read more >>
Barrett, Bradley
Super Bowl Sunday of 2011 was an unpredicted snow day, and I woke up to a ringing cell phone. It was a close friend looking for a ski partner. Before fully awakening, I’d left the house and was heading toward the northern Bridgers. Read more >>
Krueger, Ryan
The full moon arched above us in the cold night sky, brightening the surrounding hillsides. As we peered into the shelter, shadows danced through the windows and lively chatter leaked out into the frozen landscape beyond the fabric walls of the yurt.  Read more >>
England, Mike
Speed Pro 240 TECH Avalanche Probe–G3 Read more >>
Pape, Jay
If you're buried in an avalanche, you have a 93% chance of being recovered if you're found in 15 minutes or less. That is, if you survive the ride. So when was the last time you actually practiced with your transceiver? More important, does your partner practice? Read more >>
Reuss, Dave
What’s the next new product at Mystery Ranch? “We’re bringing out a ski pack that has an avalanche buoyancy system built into it,” Dana says. When activated, the Blackjack deploys a 150-liter inflatable airbag designed to keep the skier’s head and body above the slide. Read more >>
Pape, Jay
Many folks believe that we can ski Saddle “safely.” How can we safely ski any slope with people hidden below and out of view while others are dropping in on top of you? It would be more accurate to say we ski Saddle “luckily.” Read more >>
Patnode, Angela
The demand for avalanche education has literally exploded in the Bozeman area. There are now numerous courses to choose from depending on experience and interest. Read more >>
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