Avalanche Safety | Mountain Sledder Magazine
Due to an overwhelming number of close calls involving snowmobilers last season, Avalanche Canada presentations at snowmobile shows this fall will focus on the lessons learned from sledders who are fortunate to be alive. The intent of re-telling these stories is not only to examine the mistakes made, but highlight avalanche awareness and introduce available resources to help ensure safe backcountry sledding.
BRP is offering avalanche awareness seminars in 17 locations in Canada throughout October and November, with 25 locations scheduled in the Unites States. The avalanche awareness seminars are open to anyone interested—not only BRP customers.
Some key improvements include an increased 70m search strip width, which can improve search times. Also, the interface on both transceivers has been completely redesigned to help simplifying searching technique in a rescue scenario. Combined, these improvements should drastically affect search and rescue times.
The sledder, who was reportedly travelling alone with his transceiver off, was buried 2m beneath the avalanche debris. Two nearby snowmobilers had heard the engine sound of a distant snowmobile stop and happened to notice a cloud of white in the distance.
They say that hindsight is 20/20. Looking back on the significant avalanche events that occurred just a few ridges to the south—as well as in the nearby Rockies—it’s clear that the snowpack at Gorman Lake on that sunny Sunday was tipping on the edge of disaster.
Do you have what it takes to answer the call? THE CALLING 2017 is offering big cash and other prizes for the top three submissions in video and photo categories. Winners will be announced at the Edmonton Snow Show in October 2017. There will be two additional rounds of awards and prizes as well—The People’s Choice and Social Media—awarded for both categories at a later date. For 2017, the Video and Photo Challenge is open to anyone who meets the criteria.
If you ride in the mountains—or plan to—but haven’t taken an avalanche course, don’t be ashamed. It’s not too late for you. Avalanche Canada can help you do the right thing for yourself, your friends and your family. Here’s where to start.
Chilling avalanche rescue footage from a pair of skiers in France, originally posted almost exactly 2 years ago, has resurfaced. The edge-of-your-seat video shows a skier trigger a large avalanche and become fully buried. It then switches perspective to the riding partner, who initiates the companion rescue. A real-time …
As a mountain sledder who loves riding and is also fiercely dedicated to avalanche education, I am absolutely intrigued as to why mountain sledders make the decisions they do, and what we can do to ensure everyone comes home at the end of the day.
In the second installment of Pemby Life, Julie-Ann Chapman goes over all the first-aid, safety and repair equipment that she carries with her when she rides. There are some items in her kit that all sledders must carry individually on their person, such as avalanche rescue gear. Other items, such as tools and spare parts, can be distributed throughout the group.