5. Prioritize avalanche and accident safety
Safety always comes first, on every outing. Before you can feel self-sufficient on a ski mountaineering adventure, it’s important to learn to understand the snow and the risks associated with avalanches and snowslides. It’s crucial to consult the avalanche bulletin before every trip, and remember to always have a transceiver, shovel, and probe with you.
These are tools that are critical in the search for people who have been buried — tools that it’s essential to feel perfectly comfortable using, so constant practice is needed. Backpacks with airbags are becoming increasingly popular; they can be a great help in the event of an avalanche because, if used correctly, they enable you to stay afloat without being buried in the snow.
For your safety, it’s important to always remember to wear your helmet on the descent. In the backcountry, especially at the beginning and end of the season, there’s a risk of encountering rocks protruding from the snow cover — a big danger if you’re not wearing a helmet.