In episode 21 of the Tailgate Alaska In Short series, instructor Ryan Murray shows us the best way to use strategic shoveling in avalanche scenarios.

There's a lot more to think about when you're trying to dig out an avalanche victim than you might have thought. There's the position that you should dig from, the division of labour within your group and the optimal width of the dig, all of which become more difficult to do correctly when you're stressed in a real-life avalanche situation.

In the latest Tailgate Alaska Ten Minute Class, we take a look at the most efficient way to retrieve a victim from the snow. This is really useful stuff and we can't stress enough the importance of being well versed in avalanche rescue techniques if you're touring 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.

Tailgate Alaska has wrapped up now but for more information, check out or contact