Backcountry Safety

B.C.’s great outdoors has much to offer during the winter months, but that beauty can have a darker side. Make sure you get the necessary safety gear and skills, and practice what you learn.
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Senior Mount Washington Ski Patroller Bill Phipps gives a crash course in using a transceiver. Always have one in your backcountry gear bag (along with a shovel & probe) and get the training to go with it: http://www.avalanche.ca/training#overview

Senior Mount Washington Ski Patroller Bill Phipps gives a crash course in using a transceiver. Always have one in your backcountry gear bag (along with a sho.

Senior Mount Washington Ski Patroller Bill Phipps shares his tips for staying safe in the backcountry during Avalanche Awareness Day at Mount Washington.  Remember: Get the gear (transceiver, probe, shovel); get the training (take an AST course); and get the forecast. http://www.avalanche.ca

Senior Mount Washington Ski Patroller Bill Phipps shares his tips for staying safe in the backcountry. Remember: Get the gear (transceiver, probe, shovel);

Meet the dynamic duo of Kevin Fogolin and his black lab Maddy. Former members of the Canadian Avalanche Rescue Dog Association, the team came out of retirement for a demo during Avalanche Awareness Day at Mount Washington on Vancouver Island in January 2012.

Meet the dynamic duo of Kevin Fogolin and his black lab Maddy. Former members of the Canadian Avalanche Rescue Dog Association, the team came out of retirement for a demo during Avalanche Awareness Day at Mount Washington on Vancouver Island in January

Chasing the backcountry does carry risk. This infographic depicts winter activity deaths between 2007 and 2013 in B.C. Learn as much as possible about backcountry safety.

Chasing the backcountry does carry risk. This infographic depicts winter activity deaths between 2007 and 2013 in B. Learn as much as possible about backcountry safety.

Be avy savvy! Backcountry safety is important.  Visit: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/preparedbc/know-the-risks/avalanches

Be avy savvy! Backcountry safety is important. Visit: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/preparedbc/know-the-risks/avalanches

Get the gear... and don't forget the training! http://www.avalanche.ca/training#overview

Joe Lammers, Public Avalanche Forecaster at Avalanche Canada, reinforces the importance of carrying a transceiver, shovel and probe when in the backcountry d.

Respect the terrain! Skiing out of bounds has risks. Learn more at www.avalanche.ca

Respect the Terrain: Skiing Out of Bounds Has Risks

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