How the Pandemic Has Changed Backcountry Safety
A study from the Colorado Avalanche Information Center indicated something counterintuitive: experience doesn't always correspond with safety
Over the summer, COVID-19 sent a flood of new people to the mountains to get away from it all. As the snow flies, many worry that a similar flood of newcomers will cause a deluge of accidents, including avalanches.
But a new study suggests that when it comes to slides, the newbies won’t be the only problem in this unprecedented year. It’s experienced backcountry users who are waking the big man in the white suit more often. And COVID-19 might be one reason why.