|NATIONAL PARKS QUICKLINKS|
Backpacker Magazine – March 2010
Cross the steeps safely and avoid avalanches with these guide-approved tips.
On gentle slopes, head straight down instead of traversing diagonally, says Councell. On steep descents, switchback down, plunging your heels into the snow in a rhythm and keeping your knees slightly bent. Hold your axe in the uphill hand and plant the shaft for balance and self-belay.