Wednesday morning, Travis Rice took to his Facebook page to share the above video from the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education and Know Before You Go.
In the caption for the video, Rice wrote, "Safety first, second and third. It's that time of year to figure out what your avalanche awareness plan is! Take a course, go through your gear, practice with your friends and be responsible!"
With the holiday season officially upon us, and the attention of scores of people around the country turned to the madness that is the Black Friday/Small Business Saturday/Cyber Monday shopping bonanza, it's an ample moment to recognize that - if you're planning on going into the backcountry this season - the best gift you can get for yourself or your friends is an education.