Learn About Mammoth Lakes Backcountry Travel & Avalanche Safety

Looking to get into the backcountry this season, but aren’t sure where to start? Well, the simple answer is that you should always start with safety.

Whether you’re backcountry skiing or splitboarding, snowmobiling, or even snowshoeing, traveling in the backcountry comes with more inherent risk compared to inbounds on the resort or on groomed front-and side-country trails. Learning about avalanche danger and ways to mitigate risks when traveling in the backcountry is an important part of all backcountry sports.

Avalanche safety training by the American Institute for Avalanche Research & Education (AIARE) is the gold standard for avalanche safety education, but if you’re just starting to explore the idea of backcountry travel (or if you need a refresher on concepts from your AIARE course) Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center (ESAC) is offering a free, virtual backcountry education series this winter.

Virtual Backcountry Travel & Avalanche Education Series

Learn about backcountry travel and avalanche safety in Mammoth Lakes and the surrounding Eastern Sierra at these free, virtual events. Visit esavalanche.org for the Zoom link and more details about each event.

Introduction to Backcountry Travel – Back to the Basics

January 13 from 6:00–7:30 pm

Avalanche 101

February 3 from 6:00–7:30 pm

Mid-Winter Avalanche Concerns & Season Update

March 3 from 6:00–7:30 pm

Springtime Backcountry Travel Advice

April 7 from 6:00–7:30 pm

About the Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center

ESAC is a community-supported avalanche forecasting organization that provides daily avalanche advisories for the Eastern Sierra throughout the winter months as well as avalanche awareness and safety education. You can support ESAC’s mission by donating at esavalanche.org and by doing your part to learn about keeping yourself and your travel partners safe in the backcountry.