Avalanche Safety | Mountain Sledder Magazine
A group of five riders was lingering directly in the runout of several large avalanche paths, unaware of the danger above them in the avalanche start zone.
The current complex snowpack in Interior BC is beginning to show its very ugly teeth, with the potential for large, remotely-triggered avalanches.
It was shaping up to be a beautiful day. That’s why it sucked when we made the decision to pull the pin and turn around. But it wasn’t just our gut instinct telling us to do so, there were plenty of avalanche warning signs.
You’ve been planning this trip for weeks. The sleds are loaded, and hotels booked. One problem: High Avalanche Hazard. Here’s what to do.
The Mountain Information Network (MIN) is THE source for real-time, location-specific information on riding conditions…or it could be. Here’s the caveat.
Avalanche Canada is heading to north-central Alberta to deliver the Backcountry Avalanche Workshops (BAW) in five communities this November. The BAW is an excellent early-season tune-up on avalanche safety to get you thinking about the avalanche essentials and safe backcountry riding habits.
Right from the first initial snowflake that sticks to the ground, we should be paying attention. While early-season snowfalls get our blood pumping for the first rip, we can do ourselves a big favor if we try to understand a little bit of what is happening up in the mountains during the early-season.
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.