Know Before You Go (KBYG) is a free avalanche awareness program. Not much science, no warnings to stay out of the mountains, and no formulas to memorize. In about an hour, you will see the destructive power of avalanches, understand when and why they happen, and how you can have fun in the mountains and avoid avalanches.
The KBYG program was created for middle and high school students and can be presented in a 50-minute school assembly or class period. The high-energy video and slide show, along with the Q&A chat with a local avalanche professional will keep students engaged and entertained.
Students will see the destructive power of avalanches, how people get in trouble, and the basics of how to avoid them, all through the eyes of avalanche professionals, pro athletes, accident victims and rescuers, and their peers. We don’t preach and we don’t tell skiers, snowboarders, and snowmobilers to stay home – we encourage them to get some education to get out and have fun safely.
You can request a virtual or in-person presentation. We prioritize groups, or combinations of groups, with 25 students or more. You can find an on-demand version of the presentation and an e-learning version of the presentation on our website and there are links to more educational material below.
Step One: Watch the KBYG Intro Video
See the KBYG video with Spanish subtitles: Antes de Salir
View a pre-recorded KBYG presentation for motorized and non-motorized specifics.