The winter season means Avalanche safety is once again at the forefront. With seventeen Avalanche related deaths last winter season and one this winter season, Avalanche Canada is continuing to stress the importance of knowing what you’re up against before traveling into the back country.
Mary Clayton of Avalanche Canada explained why the courses are so beneficial to those traveling into the back country. “The courses are so important to manage the back country terrain and learning how to use our forecasts and tools that we provide to the best advantage”.
Jeff Smedley of Prince George Search and Rescue made it clear that you and the group you are out in the back country with, should all be educated on avalanche safety. “Your friends are the guys that will be rescuing you, not search and rescue”.
Prince George Search and Rescue has yet to respond to a call this season, but they are aware of active avalanche activity.
There are a variety of course levels and classes, and more information can be found at Avalanche Canada’s website.