Q:

What's the best avalanche safety gear?

I’ve been reading about a lot of avalanche fatalities recently. What do I need to stay reasonably safe in avalanche country?

Ortovox 3+ avalanche beacon

Ortovox 3+    Photo: Courtesy of Ortovox

A:

First, make sure you have an avalanche beacon. They’re all pretty good, but I like the Ortovox 3+ transceiver ($350). They key with any beacon is knowing how to use it. Practice finding buried transceivers with your ski partners. Remember, time is vitally important.

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