By Sam Collentine, Meteorologist Posted 6 years ago November 3, 2017

Backcountry Skiing & Avalanche Safety Resources

We can not stress enough the importance of taking the precautionary steps if you decide to go outside the ski resort boundaries and into the backcountry.

There is a multitude of resources available to the general public that provide the first line of necessary tools to help ensure your safety. By no means will you be able to jump right into the backcountry after reading the latest avalanche report and forecast as it takes years of training and experience to even begin to understand the necessary signs of safety and danger.

Get educated, get organized with the necessary gear, and stay up-to-date with the latest avalanche conditions and forecast from the avalanche centers located across the United States and Canada.


American Avalanche Association

American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education 

Forest Service National Avalanche Center

Canadian Avalanche Association 


Backcountry Skiing and Ski Mountaineering Equipment List

Avalanche Centers

Alaska: Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information CenterCordovaJuneauValdez

Arizona: Kachina Peaks Avalanche Center

California: Eastern Sierra Avalanche CenterMount Shasta Avalanche CenterSierra Avalanche Center 

Colorado: Colorado Avalanche Information Center, Crested Butte Avalanche Center

Idaho: Payette Avalanche CenterIdaho Panhandle Avalanche CenterSawtooth Avalanche Center 

Montana: Gallatin National Forest Avalanche CenterFlathead Avalanche CenterMissoula 

New Hampshire: Mount Washington Avalanche Center

New Mexico: Taos Avalanche Center  

Oregon: Wallowa Avalanche Center

Utah: Utah Avalanche Center  

Washington: Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center 

Wyoming: Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center 

Canada: Canadian Avalanche Center

Avalanche Forecasts

In addition to all of the snow and mountain weather forecast information here on OpenSnow, you can also view the latest Avalanche Forecast for the United States and Canada on and in the OpenSnow iOS and OpenSnow Android app.

Our animation tool will also provide the historical forecast for the past 7 days so that you can quickly see how the avalanche forecasts are trending over time.

View → Avalanche Forecast

The data is sourced directly from the local avalanche centers and should be used by experienced backcountry travelers in uncontrolled sidecountry and backcountry terrain.

Download the OpenSnow app and stay tuned to our forecasts for the latest weather updates.


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About The Author

Sam Collentine


Sam Collentine is the Chief Operating Officer of OpenSnow and lives in Basalt, Colorado. Before joining OpenSnow, he studied Atmospheric Science at the University of Colorado, spent time at Channel 7 News in Denver, and at the National Weather Service in Boulder.

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