Backcountry Skiing Mini Course with Chris Davenport

Welcome to Lesson #4:
Assessing Snowpack Stability - A Demo of Digging a Snow Pit 🔬❄️

This video lesson is a sample from Lesson 4 of the full Backcountry Skiing course with Chris Davenport on Crux Academy. All rights reserved.
In this lesson, you’ll learn how to utilize one of the best tools in avalanche science and safety to assess snowpack stability - the snow pit. 

ICYMI: If you didn’t see our email yesterday, Lesson #3 - Avalanche Awareness: First Things First, Using Your Avalanche Beacon,
check it out to learn how to use the critically important avalanche beacon.

Welcome to Lesson #4, A Demo of Digging a Snow Pit!

Snow pits are one of the most valuable tools in our avalanche safety toolkit because it’s how we assess the stability of various layers of the snowpack.
They tell us the "story" of a particular ski season (like rings on a tree), so Chris will walk us through the details of interpreting the various layers of snow and what it means for avalanche safety.

Digging snow pits and understanding snow stability and overall snow science can be a complex topic.

In fact, there are literally graduate degrees in snow science. 

That’s why we want to break it down into easy steps for you, but also provide plenty of detail in case you want to nerd out a bit (more detailed resources below 🧐).

Tomorrow we’ll be diving into the all-important aspect of staying warm and comfortable while skiing in the Backcountry, Lesson #5 - Layering: a Gear Case Study.

Talk soon! ⛷

Jeremy Jensen
Founder/CEO of Crux Academy

PS - As always, we want to get you the best resources to help supplement the topics we cover in our courses. This additional video talks about where on a slope to dig a snow pit, location...location...location… click here to check it out. Also, when it comes to avalanche safety training, online education should always be supplemented with in-person training. It’s never too early to start thinking about when and where you’ll be taking your Avalanche 1 training, so here’s a list of all courses taught in the US and globally, click here to find one.