Although an avalanche can occur whenever there is snow on a mountain range, avalanches most often occur between December and April.

There have already been 21 fatalities during this 2020-2021 season, which is high compared to the 2019-2020 season total of 23.

With another two to three months of peak avalanche season remaining, visitors should exercise increased caution when traveling out into the backcountry. Visitors can mitigate their avalanche risk by doing the following:

► Get the Forecast – access the latest avalanche forecast for your area at www.shastaavalanche.org. There, professional avalanche forecasts are posted daily on the level of risk in an area on a scale from 1-Low, to 5-Extreme.

► Get the Gear – Another critical component of avalanche safety is having the appropriate gear. There are three essential pieces of gear: An avalanche beacon, a probe and a shovel.

► Get the Training – Find an avalanche course provider at www.shastaavalanche.org, and get trained up in avalanche safety. Start your training online by watching the Know Before You Go safety video at www.kbyg.org.

To learn more about avalanches and safety visit www.shastaavalanche.org.

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