A major component of pre-trip preparation is information gathering. One of the best ways to avoid getting caught in an avalanche is to choose trips that are appropriate for the conditions. To do so, you first need to gather information on current and expected avalanche danger to determine what areas are more susceptible to avalanches than others during that particular time period. Then appropriate routes can be chosen based on its exposure to avalanche terrain. To help you do this you can find some great information on Avalanche Canada’s TRIP PLANNER TOOL. This looks at riding areas across BC through Google Earth.