“Heading out into the backcountry, my day probably begins the day before, maybe even several days before actually going outside,” says professional splitboarder and outdoorsman Nick Russell. “I’m looking at the weather, seeing what it’s doing in the days leading up to the day that I’m actually planning on going out there. You’re trying to just basically keep tabs and keep a running list of what’s going on.”
Wind and snow conditions can change at the drop of a hat in the backcountry. Not only should you keep an eye on the weather, avalanche (Avalanche.org is a great tool), and snow reports, but Nick suggests, more than anything, that your intuition should guide the decision to head out.
“Is it too dangerous to be going out there? Have we been getting a lot of snow? Have we been getting a lot of wind? Maybe some rain up high to a certain level. Do we have a persistent, weak layer in the snowpack? These are all things to consider before you go out.”