Must Watch: Powerful Avalanche Safety Video

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Avalanches don’t discriminate, and it only takes one mistake to kill you.

While this video certainly isn’t a replacement for classes and experience, it’s a great primer or refresher for anyone who plans to head into the back country this winter.

The video is made by a who’s-who of the backcountry: The Utah Avalanche Center and the Colorado Avalanche Information Center teamed up with Avalanche Canada, Backcountry Access, the American Avalanche Association, the American Institute of Avalanche Research and Education, the National Avalanche Center, Sherpas Cinema, Red Bull Media House, Brainfarm, and others to bring you this beta.

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It is unlike any other PSA you are likely to see. This 15 minute film just might save your life. As the video states:

“It doesn’t matter if you have made thousands of good calls – all it takes is one bad call and that is one too many. Some days the mountains are screaming GET OUT OF HERE and some days they are saying come on in – it’s time to party.” – Jeremy Jones

“Do you know when to back off and when it’s good to go? The Know Before You Go avalanche awareness program will get you started down the path of learning the language of the mountains and becoming a better and safer rider.”

Editor-in-Chief Sean McCoy is a life-long outdoorsman who grew up hunting and fishing central Wisconsin forests and lakes. He joined GearJunkie after a 10-year stint as a newspaperman in the Caribbean, where he learned sailing and wooden-boat repair. Based in GearJunkie's Denver office, McCoy is an avid trail runner, camper, hunter, angler, mountain biker, skier, and beer tester.