Episode 17 of the Tailgate Alaska In Short series brings us the second part of the avalanche education and planning course with backcountry guide Ryan Murray. In this one, the focus turns towards assessing the weather and validating your plan on where to ride. It's another 10 minutes well spent if you're even slightly interested in backcountry touring with your snowboard.

This year marks the seventh Tailgate Alaska (which went down March 28- April 6, 2014). With 10 countries, six provinces and 15 states already representing, the event is the annual pilgrimage of dedicated recreational riders, professional athletes and the industry to ride the world’s best mountains and deepest snow on the planet.

Tailgate Alaska offers multiple on-site rescue teams and free daily snow science classes. This year Tailgate Alaska added nightly seminars given by industry veterans and snow safety experts, who shared their experience with participants of the event.

Tailgate Alaska has wrapped up now but for more information, check out www.tailgatealaska.com or contact rasmus@tailgatealaska.com