Category: Mountain Safety

Do Be That Guy – Voice Your Concerns in Avalanche Terrain

It finally happened. I had to be “That Guy”. I had to voice my concerns in avalanche terrain and just say no. In my particular experience on this day, our group leader…

What Should Come First? Avalanche Airbag or Education?

I absolutely the love the idea of avalanche airbags. They are an amazing safety tool that has been shown to save lives by reducing the chance of a full burial in an…

Get Avy Savvy! Avalanche Gear and Training 101

It’s a fresh season with new dreams and goals. However, before heading deep into the backcountry, it’s time to arm yourself with information about avalanche gear and training! Now is also the…

Mistakes I’ve Made in Avalanche Terrain

I've made some serious mistakes in avalanche terrain, and I knew damn well they were bad ideas at the time I made them. Thankfully, nobody was hurt—but they could have been. In…

The Anatomy of a Search and Rescue Call Out in BC

SAR Managers frequently dispatch a small initial strike-team to respond rapidly via helicopter, which resolves most responses within a short period of time. This rapid-deployment unit will include an avalanche technician, a…

Managing Avalanche Terrain

Moving safely through challenging and complex backcountry terrain requires solid skills, an open mind and an ability to question old habits. To help sledders acquire these skills, Avalanche Canada has developed a…

Hidden Danger: the Hazards of Snowmobiling on a Glacier or Icefield

Sledders are now pushing deeper into the mountains than ever before, and in doing so, gaining access to the remote and breathtaking glaciers and icecaps of BC. Accidents can be avoided when…

Why You Should Leave a Trip Plan with a Responsible Person

Who will know you're in trouble when you get lost or injured in the backcountry? Maybe no one, if you don't leave a trip plan with a responsible person.

Avalanche Start Zone – You Might Be in Harm’s Way and Not Even Know It

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.

Complex Snowpack and the Potential for Remotely-Triggered Avalanches

The current complex snowpack in Interior BC is beginning to show its very ugly teeth, with the potential for large, remotely-triggered avalanches.