||Pack the right gear- take a
first-aid kit and plenty of food and water. Get an avalanche
receiver to stay upto date with the conditions. Use snowboards with
slightly longer noses than tails.
||Board / Ski
with a partner- always
snowboard / ski with experienced people. Always
stay within shouting
distance of each other.
||Use a ski area as your launching
point- this is often the easiest way to access the off-piste
area. You also get the added benefit of the ski-patrol which will
provide the invaluable resource of avalanche conditions and
information on the particular stretch to will ski.
||Learn how to read the terrain-
minimise the risks by knowing where to ride - and where not to ride.
Ridges are the best place because they are the highest place on the
slope available at any given elevation. The worst place to be is in
the gully as this is where water drains and snow accumulates the
most during avalanche conditions.
||Don't go off-piste until you are
ready- first take an avalanche safety course taught at the ski
area. Don't head off-piste until you can handle boarding in tight
tree areas. You may suddenly have to traverse around tree wells,
make sharp turns, and ride through steep, icy, rocky cliffs.
||Focus on where you want to go-
especially when boarding through tight trees. If you look at the
trees, you are more likely to hit the trees. So don't focus on where
you don't want to go!