Avalanche awareness and basic first-aid are critical skills for the backcountry rider. Start or refresh your avy and emergency rescue education here and take a course to solidify your knowledge.
Learn these observations techniques to help you make terrain decisions on tour and reinforce what you read in your local avalanche forecast.
Learn Jeremy Jones' "mental keys" checklist that he uses to make sure his head is in the right place before he travels into the backcountry.
Use these links to find your local avalanche center and get connected to quickly access your local avalanche forecast.