Backcountry skiing, like all travel in the high mountains, involves certain risks, so safety and minimizing risk is a very important concern. No publication can alert you to every hazard or anticipate the limitations of the individual skier. Many of the approaches, ascents and descents described in this guidebook require strong backcountry skills, including route finding, navigation in whiteout conditions, snow stability evaluation methods and avalanche rescue techniques. The descriptions of roads, trail approaches, ascents and descents and natural features in this book cannot guarantee that a particular place or excursion will be safe for you and your party at all times. When you participate in the activities described in this guidebook, you must assume full responsibility for your own safety.