So you figure it's steep and all white. "Looks good..you go first..." Huh? Learn to plan, evaluate & execute a successful ski/snowboard tour above treeline in the Rockies! Take an avalanche course!
For the backcountry skier, snowboarder, snowmobiler, snow shoe hiker, awareness of snow pack stability is critical to the choice of route and successful/safe completion of the day's tour. Avalanche assessment and avoidance skills are of primary importance to those traveling through the winter backcountry.