Santa Fe New Mexican


Every year dozens of people are killed in avalanches in the United States, and many more are injured. Avalanches are a major concern with alpine touring, and while New Mexico doesn’t experience as many avalanches as states such as Colorado and Utah the next. When touring, it’s critical to go with a person who has taken avalanche courses and has learned how to dig a pit to assess how solidly the snow is packed. Tree wells are more common but equally dangerous in the backcountry. Branches of large pine trees create an umbrella around trunks, preventing snow from packing help. Companions should be prepared to use their shovels to help partners get out of these traps. No one should ski in the backcountry without a partner, and beginners should abso lutely go with someone with experience and patience. Beverly Mountain Guides and intimately know New Mexico’s backcountry and can tailor tours for all skill levels. Online, local resources include the Taos Avalanche Center and Taos BC, which maintain Ski Addiction helps with beginner questions and posts about with current conditions, Bash, in which experts help the public understand their beacons and other safety equipment and skills. Any form of winter backcountry recreation poses unique dangers, and skiers should be prepared for plummeting temperatures and staying out longer than they expected.