I recently went on a trip to Japan and sampled snowboarding for the first time. Fell in love with it. Amazing.
Now I've got a notion to live in a van for 3 months over christmas, and sample snow around europe or canada, or possibly japan.
My question is what kind of knowledge do I need to get on (safely) in backcountry powder? I love getting away from the crowds and queues, but I know literally nothing about snow. From what I've gleaned an avalanche course is essential. What other things do you guys think are imperative to know before stepping out.
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