Hey fellow skiers and snowboarders!
I'm planning on going out to the Summit County area for a few months this season and staying with a friend that already lives out there. The past few times I've been in that area I have been scoping out some backcountry spots and doing my research on some off-piste fun, my only problem is I don't have any proper avy gear, and I have never taken an avy safety course, and I would really like to be prepared before I jump into avy territory. As of right now, I'm not sure if my budget will allow dropping that kind of money so I was wondering this: Are there any less avalanche prone backcountry spots that may just offer some good tree riding? Where I live now (Virginia) when there's snow on the ground were always riding in the trees on some random mountain, but we don't have the snowpack like Colorado does... obviously lol. So is it possible to safely ride trees anywhere in the Summit Area? Are the trees still dangerous in steep areas because of the snowpack? I've messed around a little in some backcountry stuff in the Breck area a couple of times but I don't have the experience with the snow out there to determine whats safe and whats not, so if anyone could help, that would be great!