Avalanche awareness is more important than ever

Families Friday, January 18, 2013 10:15 AM

VICTORIA -There's plenty of snow in B.C.'s backcountry and outdoor enthusiasts are being reminded about the importance of staying safe.

Avalanche Awareness Days run Jan. 19-20, and provide an excellent opportunity for outdoor adventurers to learn how to be prepared before heading into the backcountry.

Here are some valuable tips:

Government is committed to ensuring that those who venture into B.C.'s backcountry understand the risks and take all necessary precautions. But it's also important that all outdoor recreation enthusiasts recognize they are taking some measure of personal risk when choosing to do so.

Every year approximately 14 people across Canada die in avalanches and of those, about 80 per cent happen in B.C. That's why Avalanche Awareness Days provide a great opportunity to learn about safety in the backcountry from top technical experts. Events are planned for both days at numerous locations around the province including Garibaldi Provincial Park and Mount Seymour Provincial Park.

Quick facts:

  • The B.C. government has provided the Canadian Avalanche Centre with a total of $1,490,000 since 2001.
  • This has enabled the Centre to enhance the public avalanche warning service - bulletins are now issued every day in most regions and include region-specific information, improving safety for all backcountry users.
  • The Canadian Avalanche Centre also received $250,000 in provincial gaming grants for this year, which will enhance public outreach and awareness programs along with public avalanche warning services.

Learn more:

For more information on events during Avalanche Awareness Days, check out:

Avalanche information from Emergency Management BC is available at: embc.gov.bc.ca/em/hazard_preparedness/Avalanche_Information.html

Avalanche Awareness Days information for Mount Seymour Provincial Park and Garibaldi Provincial Park can be found at:



For backcountry essentials and avalanche awareness information go to: www.adventuresmart.ca/snow/avalanche.htm


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