- Recognize Red Flags
- Identify Avalanche Terrain
- Travel Safely in the Backcountry
- Perform a Rescue
Before entering the backcountry, you should practice using your beacon and get familiar with the techniques of using one for finding a victim. The time to learn is not when your buddy is buried. You should also be certain that others in your party know how to use their beacons; your life could be in their hands.
In order to help you practice these skills, Brundage Mountain has installed a Backcountry Access Beacon Training Park.
BTPs are training systems created to make it easier for recreationists and pros to practice with their transceivers.
You can find the Brundage Mountain Beacon Training Park on the west side of the main lodge.
It features four permanently buried transmitters wired to a central control panel. The control panel is bright yellow and located on the tan building you see here.
To change the practice scenario, just flick the on/off switches on the control panel.
Instead of digging holes and reburying beacons all day, you spend your valuable time actually practicing with your transceiver.
It is highly recommended that anyone traveling in the backcountry take an avalanche training course.
The Payette Avalanche Center and Friends of the Payette Avalanche Center offer avalanche awareness courses regularly. Please contact the Payette Avalanche Center for more information.
Payette Powder Guides also offers Avalanche Awareness courses throughout the winter months. You can view the schedule of classes here.
(Some information provided by Backcountry Access and Avalanche.org)
More Important Tips:
Check the current weather in McCall Idaho for up to date snow depths and storm totals.
As always, get familiar with the Brundage Mountain safety code for in bounds skiing and after hours mountain access.
Please also familiarize yourself with Brundage Mountain’s winch cat warning for those who prefer to hike up and ski/board down after the lifts close.