Avalanche education has a constantly changing curriculum that is worth keeping up on. It is important to get in the habit of continuing education with avalanches, and the pros do it all the time through seminars, meetings and trade journals.
More than anything, classes force you to think about avalanches, practice safe skiing, familiarize yourself with your beacon and look critically at snow. Plus, they are often good places to meet partners with similar levels of enthusiasm and skills.
Avalanche education also helps to develop your vocabulary, which in turn is useful for deciphering avalanche forecast reports. Learning that a “westerly front produced significant cross-loading on mid elevation ridgelines” doesn’t help you much if you have no idea what they are talking about!
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Category: 07 Avalanche Avoidance