There is significant avalanche danger forecast for this weekend and Avalanche Canada has issued a Special Avalanche Warning. To help you better understand Avalanche Problems I have created a mini-web-site that presents one-page summaries of avalanche types that lead to Avalanche Problems.
Backcountry Avalanche Safety
In March, 2013 three backcountry skiers, deeply buried by a large avalanche near Terrace B.C. were dug out alive in less than 20 minutes. The group that rescued them had recently taken a companion rescue course — a choice that made the difference between life and death. Explore this micro-site — it might save your life!
A fter a quiet start to the season avalanche danger levels are creeping up, and more and more people are heading higher into avalanche country. Skiers, snowboarders, scramblers and ice climbers have been joined by snowshoers, and now fat-tire bikers are starting to spin their wheels into Challenging terrain. In order to help you be [...]
Avalanche Canada is the new name for the Canadian Avalanche Centre, the world class organization that has provided Avalanche Bulletins for Canada’s winter backcountry users for the past 10 years. Separated from the Canadian Avalanche Association, the organization that serves and supports professional avalanche workers, it will have its own new logo, its own staff [...]
If you've ever complained about the Spray Lakes Road above Canmore being closed take a look at the avalanche debris piled across the road. Imagine you and your car somewhere down in the Grassi Lakes Valley! The two photos by Kananaskis Country Public Safety Section are from yesterday's avalanche control. Wow!
Mountain Guide Doug Latimer has developed The Avalanche Site, a Canadian website providing public avalanche education. He has gathered together many of the pieces of avalanche safety information scattered around the web into a cohesive resource for anyone going into avalanche terrain. Although still a work in progress (Planning and Terrain are not done yet), there is already lots of content for you to browse.
Backcountry Avalanche Safety is an up-to-date, tightly written, backcountry-focused book that clearly explains the basics of snow and avalanches using color photos and diagrams. It describes the skills needed to travel through avalanche terrain and provides guidelines for skiing and boarding steep slopes with an emphasis on managing risk.
The Canadian Avalanche Centre has produced a new version of the Avaluator! So what's new? Obvious Clues are gone. There is a new Slope Evaluation card that uses a rules-based approach to travel in avalanche terrain, and the old Trip Planner, used as a basis for the Online Avaluator, is still there. Here are the details.
A new Avalanche Danger Scale was announced today by Environment Minister Jim Prentice. Developed under the leadership of Parks Canada's Grant Statham, and several years in the making, the new scale will be implemented for next winter, though there's no reason why you can't refer to it now.
The ability to read terrain is the most important skill to develop if you wish to enjoy the winter backcountry safely. Parks Canada has developed a terrain rating system that evaluates the complexity of avalanche terrain and makes recommendations on the suitability of avalanche terrain for various users.