JAN 08, 2016
Beacons, shovels, probes and airbags are important for riding in the backcountry. But they don’t prevent you getting into an avalanche – knowledge does! That’s why we’re pleased to announce the new atomic mountain academy, an online course created with elite mountain experts to help skiers stay safe in the backcountry.
MOUNTAINACADEMY.ATOMIC.COM: STAY PREPARED WITH THE BEST
As more and more people head into the Backcountry, it’s essential they know what they’re doing before they go. Developed with the guys at WePowder, the Atomic Mountain Academy brings together some of the world’s most elite mountain experts: official national authorities, top avalanche centers, mountain guides and experienced freeriders. Never before has so much expert mountain knowledge been brought together in one place online.
Together there is nothing they don’t know. Through a series of high-quality videos across two modules they teach skiers how to judge snow conditions, how to read snow fall, different types of avalanche, equipment and mountain rescue. Viewers hear from the people who regularly go into the toughest situations the Backcountry can provide and what they do to get down safe. They’re then self-tested as they go – so they remember the information when they need it on the mountain.
MODULE 1: OUT OF BOUNDS
The Academy is built around two modules. The first module helps skiers ride safely out of bounds within reach of lifts and marked slopes. It explains the essentials about snow safety, equipment, the different dangers and how to avoid them. It’s the perfect starting point for experienced skiers now looking to go off the beaten track. It’s also a great course to help seasoned Backcountry riders refresh their knowledge.
MODULE 2: INTO THE BACKCOUNTRY
The Academy’s second module gives skiers all the information they need to ride deeper in the backcountry, far out of sight of lifts and slopes. It’s a continuation of module 1 (which we recommend skiers go through first), and provides more in-depth information on types of snow, avalanche situations, different terrains and the gear skiers need when they’re way out in the mountains.
FIRST CHAPTER FREE
One of the main principles of the Atomic Mountain Academy is to make it accessible and affordable to everyone – so no-one cuts corners on safety before they put themselves in a potentially dangerous situation. Go check it out, first chapter comes free!