Episode 16 of the Tailgate Alaska In Short series puts us in an avalanche education course with backcountry guide Ryan Murray. In it, the group learn about reading the weather conditions, assessing the avalanche risk and coming up with an effective plan for the day of snowboarding in the backcountry.
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.