More and more people are venturing beyond ski resort boundaries and into the backcountry every day, exposing themselves to avalanche hazard. Skier or snowboarder, expert or beginner, pro or amateur, no one is immune from this ever present danger. Our best defense against this lethal enemy is education. By educating yourselves and those in your party, you not only greatly increase your chances of survival while skiing and snowboarding wild snow, but you will also gain an understanding as to when it is best to travel in the backcountry or when it is best to just stay home. The video below is a prime example of what is lurking out there, beyond ski resort boundaries. It was taken from the popular Punta Princesa zone at Cerro Catedral.
Club Andino Bariloche (CAB) is currently leading the charge for avalanche safety in Patagonia, posting avalanche advisories by their subcomision de nivologia and hosting avalanche courses. They will be hosting their 2012 Avalanche Course (Curso de Avalancha) this coming weekend, July 19-22. The cost of this course is $400 ARS/$89 USD for CAB members and $520 ARS/$115 USD for non-members. See their site for details. If you plan on skiing or riding beyond ski resort boundaries or any area that is ‘fuera de pista’, read the CAB Avalanche Advisory before you go. Local ski patrollers are also an excellent resource for snow conditions and avalanche hazard.
July 16, 2012 update: The Club Andino Bariloche Curso de Avalancha has completely filled up! Due to such high demand, they will be offering another Avalanche Course August 23-26, 2012.
This season, we will be bringing South American Beacon Project to Patagonia to spread the word about avalanche safety, to educate the public in the use of avalanche transceivers (beacons), and donating beacons to local organizations, like the CAB. Contact us for more information.