How to go backcountry snowboarding

By adamrowden, 20 Jul '12 at 09:34

Want to go backcountry snowboarding? You're in the best place. Natives.co.uk is the UK's leading seasonal work website, and we're an encyclopedia of all things to do with snow, seasons and the mountains.

Backcountry snowboarding is all about exploring the off piste, far away from the safety and security of the patrolled slopes. There are very few better feelings than carving up an untracked powder field in the middle of nowhere. Backcountry snowboarding is fantastic fun and very rewarding, but it's also dangerous.

The risk of avalanche is a constant threat when backcountry snowboarding. Marked pistes in a resort are patrolled, checked and made secure from avalanche danger. When you venture out beyond the ropes at the edge of the piste into the backcountry, there are no such securities.

So, before you venture out you need three pieces of equipment: an avalanche transceiver, a shovel and a probe. More importantly, know how to use them in case of an emergency. These three things could save your life, or help rescue your buddy, if you were caught in an avalanche.

It's also advisable to take a qualified guide with you when you go backcountry snowboarding, especially if you're going to a glacial area with crevasses. If not, then you should always have someone with you who knows the area well.

Backcountry snowboarding isn't for the inexperienced - your local ski school will probably offer taster days. For further experience, try a specific avalanche survival course, For more information, visit Henry's Avalanche Talk, a website dedicated to having fun and staying safe off piste.

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