EP 1 – Planning & preparation
Avalanches are often unexpected, but they’re a part of winter sports in the mountains. The EpicTV Avalanche Awareness series aims to explain how to prepare your gear and yourself before heading into the mountains for your backcountry adventure. This is a guide meant to help reduce the risks to yourself and your friends while skiing and snowboarding in the mountains. Graham Bell and mountain expert Peter Bilous offer useful information to make your ski or snowboard experience safer. Watch the series, get informed, then get training and practicing.
EP 2 – Essential Equipment For Mountain Safety
In the second episode of Avalanche Awareness we cover the necessary equipment you need to help reduce risk to yourself and your companions when you’re in the backcountry. It’s not just having the equipment that is important, it’s understanding what you need to know and, most importantly, how to use it. Graham Bell and mountain expert Peter Bilous run through what the necessary avalanche equipment is and the basic knowledge required to use it properly. Watch the series, get informed, then get training and practicing.
EP 3 – Snowpack Observations & Warning Signs
Having looked at how to plan your backcountry adventure and the essential equipment one needs to reduce risk in the mountains. This episode covers a variety of warning signs to be aware of and how to make important snowpack observations. Graham Bell and Peter Bilous provide a useful set of knowledge designed to help one make safer decisions in the backcountry. Watch the series, get in formed, then get training and practising.
EP 4 – Risk Reduction in Avalanche Terrain
So you’ve planned your trip with reference to the avalanche bulletin, got your gear ready and analysed the risk, so now it’s time to focus on important tips which will show you how to make better decisions in avalanche terrain. First you need to able to recognise this terrain, being aware of surrounding features that may pose a danger. Peter Bilous and Graham Bell guide us through scenarios to be aware of and cover safer ways to travel through avalanche terrain. Travelling through these areas on the way up or across to the point where you will begin your descent is just as important as skiing it. Watch the series, get in formed, then get training and practising.
EP 5- Avalanche Rescue Techniques
Avalanches should be avoided at any stake but being prepared for an avalanche situation is key. Knowing how to react if you or your companions are caught in an avalanche can help save lives. In the final episode of this series we talk to mountain expert and director of the Chamoniarde, Christophe Boloyan, about what is can feel like to be in an avalanche and how to react. Graham Bell and Peter Bilous then go on to explain how to perform an avalanche rescue. It’s vital to practice these techniques. We advise all aspiring freeskiers to take an avalanche course before heading into the backcountry. Watch the series, get informed, then get training and practising.
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