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When you are off the highway or outside of the resort in snow-covered mountains, you are in avalanche country.
What you don't know can kill you.
There are some simple steps you can take to have fun and stay safe in avalanche country.
Before you go into the mountains in winter, Know Before You Go.
The Know Before You Go program stresses five steps of preparation to ensure the safest possible skiing/snowboarding experience when in uncontrolled areas.
If you follow these five steps, you can get out, have fun, and come home alive. Every time. You can help keep your friends alive.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Avalanches kill an average of 42 people each year in North America. Hundreds more are injured. Avalanches don't just happen to extreme athletes - they can happen to those skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, hiking, driving, hunting, bike riding, and more - anyone who can get onto or underneath steep snow-covered slopes. Many avalanche victims don’t know they are in avalanche danger and are unprepared to deal with an avalanche. This doesn't have to happen – the danger signs are usually obvious to those who know what to look for. Just as those in Hawaii learn about the dangers of rip currents and shore breaks at an early age, those living, working, and recreating in snowy mountains need to learn about avalanches. What they learn can save their lives.
The Know Before You Go program takes 40-80 minutes to present and consists of:
The program can be extended to go outside in smaller groups to provide safe opportunities for students to dig snow pits and practice with avalanche rescue gear.
School assemblies and classes, work place safety meetings, community centers, snow sports shops, club meetings, and scout group meetings are all perfect for presenting KBYG.
The program is free, although as a non-profit organization, donations are always welcome.
If you'd like to become a local KBYG presenter, contact us.
To find out more about classes near you please contact your local avalanche center. For those who do not have an avalanche center please contact Avalanche.org for more information.
Want to be a KBYG presenter? Presentation materials are available to qualified avalanche professionals to promote avalanche awareness. You can get the video files listed in the Video Gallery and presentation slide decks.
The KBYG program was developed with generous grants from our sponsors and depends on the sharing of community resources. We welcome your feedback and encourage you to share slides that you add to the program to help continuously improve KBYG across North America. Contact Us
To see what course content is available and to download it or get it on a USB drive, go here.
We want to keep avalanche awareness free. We need help to do that. The following sponsors have provided financial support to make this program possible. Please consider making a donation to KBYG to help develop new content and spread this valuable program.
Mail a check to:
Utah Avalanche Center
PO Box 521353
Salt Lake City, UT 84109