It seems someone else is paying attention to the sledder situational awareness problem, and has come up with a handy tool to help people develop skills and make better decisions.
Posted on the SledLink page, the “STOP” tool advises sledders to
- Stop in an area free of avalanches, regroup and communicate.
- Think about terrain features, and avalanche triggers
- Observe weather and snowpack
- Plan the route based on the observations
There’s a lot more on this, but you should get it from the horse’s mouth, no point in me copying it and taking any credit. It’s all good advice, and like I wrote previously, it’s basically encouraging sledders to stop and make more observations.