Know Before You Go (KBYG) is a free avalanche awareness program. Not much science, no warnings to stay out of the mountains, no formulas to memorize.

In about an hour, you will see the destructive power of avalanches, understand when and why they happen, and how you can have fun in the mountains and avoid avalanches.

 The KBYG program was created for everyone from middle  students to curious adults and can be presented in a 50 minute window. The high energy video (shown above) and accompanying slide show, along with the Q&A chat with a local avalanche professional, will keep students engaged and entertained. Students will see the destructive power of avalanches, how people get in trouble, and the basics of how to avoid them, all through the eyes of avalanche professionals, pro athletes, accident victims and rescuers, and their peers.

We don’t preach and we don’t tell skiers, snowboarders, and snowmobilers to stay home – we encourage them to get some education to get out and have fun safely.

Know Before You Go to Work is a program that the Friends of CAIC and CAIC launched during the 2019/2020 season. Thousands of people work in and around avalanche terrain throughout the United States.

Many of those working in avalanche terrain do not have the proper training regarding how to stay safe and mitigate their risk. Since 1950, 73 have lost their lives in avalanches while at work. Every one of those deaths could have been prevented.

The goal of Know Before You Go to Work is to provide proper training to help keep those working in avalanche terrain safe. To request a Know Before You Go to Work course, please contact us at info@friendsofcaic.org