Today, we appreciate the complexity of all factors at play in snow safety, and we focus on how to sort, prioritize and process the surplus of information available. Communication, group dynamics, decision-making and human bias have rapidly become the core of avalanche education.—American Avalanche Institute Instructor Sarah Carpenter

Founded in the winter of 1974-’75, the American Avalanche Institute cut its chops in Silverton, Colorado, and Jackson, Wyoming. Now, the Institute operates courses in 12 states and has educated more than 8,000 outdoor recreationalists and professionals.

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