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Snow Pit Basics w/ IFMGA Guide Evan Stevens
04:47 min | 70,378 views

Knowing how to use tools and interpret finding is key to understanding snow pack and making good decisions for safe travel through avalanche terrain. IFMGA guide Evan Stevens takes us through the basics of digging a good snow pit and performing a compression test. Have a great, safe ski season! As featured on Backcountry Magazine's "Mountain Skills" video series.

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Stevens Pass - Elevation: 4061 ft

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