Xavier shares a harrowing experience from back in 2008 so we can all learn from his mistakes and become safer skiers and snowboarders in the backcountry. Lots of actionable tips and tricks from the Frenchman in this 3 minute video. Cliffnotes below.
Xavier De Le Rue’s top tips for avalanche risk management:
• Always check your own avalanche gear in the morning, and that of your mates before you drop into the first line.
• Never ride alone, and always leave a distance between each other on the mountain. Ride one at a time, and wait until your friend is secure before you drop in.
• The top of a line is always more prone to slipping than the middle section so always pay extra attention at the top of a line.
• Assessing snow stability is the trickiest thing in freeriding, and there will never be a zero percent risk factor.
• Expect that the snow will slide and act accordingly. For example, make sure you have a pre-determined escape point.
• The mountain is always there. If conditions aren’t good on one day, just wait.
…..if there was a Mt. Rushmore of big mountain snowboarding these two would be on it:
Look who I found out shredding, the Jones Family! Super stoked to have a few runs and rides with @jeremyjones, Tiff and their two awesome kids. Really inspiring to see them having a blast as family like that. It had been too long and it was great to shred and reminisce about all our old adventures… Super plaisir de croiser la famille Jones au complet et de rider quelques couloirs ensemble. Super inspiré de voir tout le monde en snowboard super motivés. C'est beau! On a pu se remémorer le bon vieux temps avec Jérémy, ça faisait bien plaisir!
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