Mountain Safety

Being involved in an avalanche accident is every backcountry traveler’s worst nightmare. When a rider gets buried, their life is resting in the hands of their partners. Anyone who ventures into the backcountry should have basic training in avalanche rescue and be carrying the mandatory rescue gear - beacon, shovel and probe. New for 2019, we’re thrilled to begin offering two of these critical pieces of mountain safety equipment. We’ve partnered with ARVA, an industry leading avalanche safety gear manufacturer, to produce the Jones Excavator Shovel and the Jones Strike 240 Probe. Both our shovel and probe offer the ideal match of durability and performance at a competitive weight and price.

“Every winter I spend a few days early season practicing my rescue skills with avalanche safety professionals. It’s important to take time before my winter really gets firing to learn the latest rescue techniques and practice with my rescue equipment. Our new shovel and probe match exactly what I look for in my avalanche safety gear - compact, solid and lightweight.” - Jeremy Jones

Mountain Safety Equipment
R.A.S. Backpack, Strike Probe, Excavator Shovel
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Strike 240 probe
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Excavator shovel
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New Model
DSCNT R.A.S. 32L backpack
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Learn the Five Red Flags:
New Snow
90% of human triggered avalanches happen during or within 24 hours after a storm. Give storm snow the utmost respect and assume high to extreme avy danger within 24 hours after a storm. Follow this rule and you will eliminate your risk of getting caught in an avalanche by 90%.
Signs Of Recent Avalanches
If you see signs of natural avalanches (crown lines, avy debris) this is a sign that avy danger should be taken very seriously. Take extra precaution if the natural avalanches have occurred at a similar elevation and on the same aspect as the slope you want to ride.
Collapsing Or Cracking In Snowpack
If you feel the slope collapse under your feet or hear whomping sounds this is a sign of unstable layers in the snowpack. Cracks may also shoot out from your skis or board as you skin or ride in fresh snow. These are all signs of dangerous snow layers.
Rapid Rise In Temperature
No matter the starting temperature, any rapid warm up is dangerous because the snowpack does not have time to adjust to the temperature change. Take extra precaution on the first warm day after a storm cycle.
Strong Winds, Blowing & Drifting Snow
If the wind is strong enough to transport snow then the avalanche conditions can change from stable to dangerous without any new snow. Watch for blowing snow on high ridges and beware of wind loaded pockets at the top of faces and chutes.