The Importance of Knowledge,
Respect and Humility
KNOWLEDGE - You need the education and skills to understand the behavior of snow, and how the properties of water crystals, mountains and gravity work together. Take an Avalanche Safety Course from an instructor working under the auspices of AAA, AAI or AIARE. Spend time in the backcountry with knowledgeable people to help sharpen the skills you learned from instructors. And read The Regional Avalanche Center Forecast before you head out.
A Large Dose of Respect and Humility - There is a huge amount of energy stored in mountainside snow. When gravity overcomes friction, those forces dwarf a human’s.
Graphic Reminders of the Consequences of Getting Caught in an Avalanche
The consequences range from merely scary to catastrophic. Please think about these when assessing the tradeoffs of skiing a slope.