This resource page provides a wide selection of web-based educational information and avalanche training materials.

Avalanche Awareness

A Q&A from the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC).

Avalanche Danger Rose

The Danger Rose is a quick, visual representation of the backcountry avalanche danger from the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC).

Avalanche Glossary

Extensive avalanche glossary prepared by the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center (NWAC).

Beacon Reviews

Information from about avalanche transceivers and surviving avalanches; can learn the basics about beacons or read reviews and test conclusions.

Beacon Searching 101

Educational poster from Backcountry Access (BCA).

Companion Rescue Card

Pdf file can be downloaded and printed for use as a field memory aid; from the Canadian Avalanche Centre (CAC).

Education in Schools

Several links to resources for avalanche education in schools from the Cyber-Space Avalanche Center (C-SAC).

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs with answers and information about avalanche myths from the Utah Avalanche Center (UAC).

General Resources Links

The Educational Resources Online section is a good starting point for numerous educational websites; from the Cyber-Space Avalanche Center (C-SAC).

Mountain Weather Glossary

Extensive weather glossary prepared by the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center (NWAC).

Probing 101

Educational poster from Backcountry Access (BCA).

Danger Scale Tutorial

Confused by danger ratings?You are not alone.Here is a tutorial and some frequently asked questions.This tutorial begins with basic concepts and it becomes progressively more technical, so read as far as your interest dictates, from the Utah Avalanche Center(UAC).

Safe Riding is Great Riding

Snowmobile safety awareness brochure from IASA; avalanche awareness information can be found in the Dangers to Avoid chapter, pages 74 – 82.

Shoveling 101

Educational poster from Backcountry Access (BCA).


Access real-time snow and weather data from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) SNOTEL network.

Snow Pilot

A free software program developed by the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center’s staff; for collecting snow pit and avalanche occurrence data onto your PC, Mac, or PDA. Data can be uploaded to a database on the web where others can view it, plus researchers can use the raw data.

Snow, Weather, and Avalanches: Observational Guidelines for Avalanche Programs in the United States

Professional reference guidelines produced by the American Avalanche Association (AAA).

The Avalanche Encyclopedia

This glossary of avalanche and snow terms is very complete and has good graphics; from

The U.S. Danger Scale

The U.S. Avalanche Danger Descriptors that are used with avalanche forecasts; from

Tread Lightly! Guide to Responsible Snowmobiling

A snowmobilers guide to responsible snowmobiling.

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