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BASICS TWO – Avalanche Awareness

Author(s): High Fives Foundation
Video Release Date: January 17, 2016
Video Source: YouTube

A program service of the High Fives Non-Profit Foundation, B.A.S.I.C.S. is designed to promote safety and awareness through world-class fundamentals coaching and education. The second in a series of five videos, the Avalanche Awareness video is intended to help those who ski, snowboard or snowmobile in the back country be better equipped and safe while being aware of the inherent dangers with such activities.

Key things to know to enjoy the back country and come home safe:
1. Get Educated. Learn about avalanche safety by taking a class. 
2. Know your skills, know your surroundings. Check out forecasts for weather and conditions before you go.
3. Have the proper equipment and know how to use it (avalanche transceiver, probe, shovel, and airbag).
4. Never travel alone. Always ride with partners in a group and have a plan.
5. If you don’t feel comfortable, don’t go. There is always tomorrow when using good judgement.

Key websites:
American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (www.avtraining.org)
Avalanche.Org (www.avalanche.org)
Forest Service National Avalanche Center (www.fsavalanche.org)
National Snow and Ice Data Center (www.nsidc.org)
Back Country Access (BCA) Float Airbags and Safety Equipment (www.backcountryaccess.com)

In 2012 Lake Tahoe skier, Ben Brackett lost his life due to an avalanche. Donations already made in honor of “Benny” helped fund the Avalanche Awareness video and subsequent educational tour. Please help keep this program to grow by donating today!

“The action sports world involves a freedom from rules and regulations which we love because it keeps creativity and progression limitless. But, that freedom allows for oversight of teaching and mastering B.A.S.I.C.S., a risky combination. High Fives is dedicated to catching athletes before they crash and providing a platform for further, safer progression.” – JT Holmes, Director of B.A.S.I.C.S. Program

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