Stay safe out there!
This week, I encourage all of you backcountry brothers and sisters to take a good hard look at the the Utah Avalanche Center forecasts. The storm is here, the skiing is picking up, and the holiday break is nearly upon us. This is a recipe for some great times in the backcountry, but it's also the first major dump on some persistent weak layers, rain crust, and ideal conditions for cornices and wind loading. Check your local forecast and be sure to bring the right gear into the backcountry - beacon, probe, shovel. Have fun digging those pits and happy holidays!