Get [EDGE]ucated for Spring Objectives

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It's officially spring, which means that in most places, the snowpack is starting to stabilize, and it's time to start thinking seriously about those big objectives you've been dreaming about all winter. Wax that lightweight setup, sharpen your pointy things, and start searching for weather windows.

But, as we start stepping out into bigger terrain, and more committing objectives, it's a good idea to review the basics of safe backcountry travel and decision making. Even though a spring snowpack is often more stable and safer than mid-winter conditions, there's still plenty of potential for avalanches.

Season 2 of BCA's [EDGE]ucation series is a great way to revisit bite-sized doses of backcountry skills and safety. The videos are all short, 2-5 minutes each, and do a good job of breaking down the key details for each topic. While you could just marathon through the entire playlist in one sitting, I highly recommend spreading them out over a few days, and trying to watch, and discuss them with a touring partner. That helps share takeaways, and creates a system that will help you retain that knowledge. These aren't comprehensive bibles, instead they're nuggets of wisdom, a great jumping off place to dive deeper.

While the entire series is worth a watch, a few really stand out as worth reiterating. First this video on beacon checks, and electronic interference is a must-watch. Too many skiers skip over, or only do partial beacon checks, which leaves us at risk in case of an accident. And as we carry more and more electronics into the backcountry, the possibility of problematic interference only rises.

Then, as we step out into longer days, in bigger terrain, it's definitely worth refreshing our knowledge of electronic mapping systems, and their strengths and weaknesses.

Too often as skiers we practice our beacon searches occasionally, but rarely train at full intensity. This video gives a great overview of the mechanics of a multiple burial situation, and is a good reminder to get out and train, hard.

Finally, I've run into a bunch of different scenarios that can split a group up in the backcountry. Whether its an accident or an emergency, or just a tired group member who decides to step back from the main objective, having a plan to regroup and meet back up is essential.

So get out there, chase some big lines, and make the most of your weather windows. Spring is here, let's get after it, safely.