“When there’s snow on the ground there can be avalanches. Carry rescue gear which is a beacon, probe and shovel. Also, check uphill policies at ski areas if you are traveling inside their boundaries.”
Avalanche expert and proud “Man Bun” proponent, Craig Gordon, just dropped his first avalanche PSA of the year and it’s making me happy because it means winter is starting to creep in. Remember girls and boys, always be prepared when traveling the backcountry and please call ahead and see ask about the uphill policy if you’re planning on going to explore a resort during the preseason:
Forecaster, Media Coordinator
Craig is the sole avalanche forecaster for the western Uinta Mountains–an area accessed primarily by snowmobile–and also handles much of the avalanche education for snowmobile groups. Craig has done avalanche control for Brighton Ski Area in Utah since the mid 1980’s and then worked as a helicopter ski guide. He has worked for the Forest Service Utah Avalanche Center since 2000. Craig developed the Know Before You Go avalanche awareness program for young adults in 2004, which has been extremely popular. The one-hour program includes a 15-minute video and slide show presentation and is taught by a team of local avalanche professionals. The program has directly reached over 175,000 students in Utah to date and has spread around North America. Craig’s legendary enthusiasm and communication skills keep him in high demand on the avalanche lecture circuit and television appearances.