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Avalanche safety during the winter season

Owning items like a beacon, a snowmobile airbag, and a probe are just a few of the necessary...
Owning items like a beacon, a snowmobile airbag, and a probe are just a few of the necessary tools that can save a life. (Source: KMVT)(KMVT)
Published: Dec. 17, 2019 at 3:56 PM MST
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With winter weather comes winter fun. Many people have already began hitting the slopes, but it’s important to watch out for dangerous avalanche conditions existing in the area.

Several human-triggered avalanches occurred over the weekend. Skiers and people riding snowmobiles are likely to trigger an avalanche large enough to bury or injure a person, but experts say having certain equipment can make the best out of a tragic situation.

Owning items like a beacon, a snowmobile airbag and a probe are just a few of the necessary tools that can save a life, but not everyone wants to make the investment.

"Mainly due to cost," said Kent Gillett, Adventure Motorsports. "It does cost a fair amount of money to purchase those things, but I think too it kind of boils down to what's your life worth, what's your buddy's life worth? Because it makes a big difference if you're going to act quickly and get somebody out of a bad situation."

Staying informed and choosing a safe route to take is also important when heading to the mountains, so let's try our best to stay safe this winter season.

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Posted by Sawtooth Avalanche Center on Wednesday, December 18, 2019