The Utah Avalanche Center’s mission statement is “Keeping Riders on Top of the Greatest Snow on Earth Rather Than Buried Beneath it”. Let’s face it—We are surrounded by mountains which receive a lot of snow! And as urban areas overlap with steep terrain surrounding the Salt Lake Valley, EMS personnel could easily be called out as first responders for avalanche accidents.
This presentation will address the basics.
1. How we assess avalanche terrain
2. The tools we need to keep ourselves out of harm’s way
3. And most importantly, what local resources and backup are available to tape into.