Generating backcountry travel plans without avalanche center forecast information requires knowledge of weather events. Review snotel data for current snow totals and weather station data for temperatures, wind trends, and speeds. With these tools, you can get an idea of the avalanche problems you could encounter on your trip and choose appropriate terrain for the day. Backcountry conditions are dynamic and can change quickly. It is important to remain aware of hazardous or changing conditions. Reassess and adjust travel plan objectives as you go.
You control your own risk by choosing where, when and how you travel. Safe backcountry travel requires training and experience. The website missoulavlanche.org provides accessible information and list educational opportunities to empower individuals to better manage their own risk in avalanche terrain.
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