Storms are starting to line up, resorts are beginning to open, and people are getting antsy to ride. There are a few things we all need to pay attention to before we head out in the snow. For those who are starting to dip their toes into backcountry travel, or those who are veterans, it is an important time to brush up on your avalanche protocol.
Your most important resource is the Utah Avalanche Center. They have a wealth of information and they offer the courses that will prepare you to make informed decisions when traveling in avalanche terrain. Calling their hotline on a regular basis is a great way to keep informed and to understand how the snowpack responds to different weather patterns.
There is also some great literature for you to read on the john.
Get your stuff together and pray for the white stuff (not cocaine).