If you’re like me, September marks the season of anticipation and waiting. I find myself perusing new winter gear online, becoming jealous of early snow dustings in Montana, and dreaming of mid-winter powder days. While this can make fall seem painfully long and slow, this time doesn’t need to be wasted. So, what can you do to start preparing your brain for winter?
Here are a few resources I’ve found helpful to get my brain focused and prepared for winter.
- Read your avalanche course student manual:
Dig it out and dust it off. These student handbooks can be a great way to refresh your brain heading into the winter season.
- Practice with your avalanche rescue gear:
But wait, there’s no snow! Does there need to be? Check out this this Backcountry Access Video Blog where they get creative with early season avalanche rescue practice. https://backcountryaccess.com/en-us/blog/p/4-ways-practice-transceiver-offseason
- Complete an online avalanche tutorial:
Our neighbors to the north put together an excellent e-learning tutorial. While you may notice some small differences in the avalanche problem icons and graphics, the ideas are the same in both countries.
- Participate in fall educational opportunities:
While we may not be able to get together in person, there are a variety of webinar events this fall geared toward all levels of avalanche experience and education (check out NSAW 2020). Sign-up and get excited. Stay connected at NWAC.us as more events are added.