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Before you venture out on your splitboard, whether that be from your local ski area, a roadside attraction, or deep into the wild, be sure you possess the necessary skills to travel safely in the backcountry. Snow stability assessment, the impact of weather on the snowpack, how to read terrain, proper route selection, practicing rescue scenarios, and understanding the human element are all important factors in making sure your day in the backcountry starts and ends safely.

There are a number of excellent resources available to you on the web. We've listed a few of them here:

A Day in the Backcountry - An informative slide show by the USFS National Avalanche Center.

Interactive Backcountry Tour - Test your decision making skills in this pretend backcountry outing.

Conway's Corner - Good avy info from Sarge over at Teton Gravity Research Films.

Avalanche.org - One stop shop for comprehensive avy info.

Current Avalanche Bulletins - Forecasts and bulletins compiled by the Cyberspace Avalanche Center (CSAC).

Avalanche Education - State-by-state listing of avalanche courses compiled by CSAC.

Avalanche Incidents - Learn from past avy incidents.  What was done right or wrong?

Splitboard.com Avy Forum - Share your local avy observations and post questions here.

Telemarktalk Avy Forum - Avy discussion provided by our friends at telemarktips.com.

National Weather Service Homepage - Your comprehensive weather information resource. 

In addition to these resources and taking a snow safety class from your local avalanche professional, we recommend that you read some of the excellent books out there on snow science and backcountry safety.  Although there are many good ones, if we had to read just one, we would recommend Bruce Tremper's Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain.  In this book, Tremper (Director of the USFS Utah Avalanche Center) covers the basics of snow safety in a highly readable book with terrific illustrations and charts. 

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