We go to the mountains for many different reasons, but the important thing is that we go. That we willingly insert ourselves into situations of consequence, to learn from them—about our surroundings, our partners and ourselves. There’s no substitute for a fit body and a sound mind, but when it really matters, it’s the tools we choose that can give us the protection and performance we need in unpredictable and unforgiving mountain terrain.

From athletes to snow professionals to educators, we explore the multi-faceted world of snow safety. And everything steers us back to a single essential concept: we must, above all else, honor consequence.