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Free Backcountry Training This Weekend!

Avalanche Rescue Dog

It’s warmed up in the Corridor this week! Snow has turned to slush and rain is falling as Whistlerites battle a slushy week. It happens every year -- lots of snow, and then rain -- but it’s nothing to be afraid of when the forecast calls for more freezing temps later this weekend.

Winter can change from beautiful to ugly in a moments notice, that’s why you always need to be prepared when you’re up on the mountain. Luckily for us, Whistler Blackcomb has decided to hold an Avalanche Awareness Weekend so we can all brush up on our backcountry skills.

Avalanche Training Crew

Avalanche Awareness Days

If you’re thinking about dipping into the backcountry to find those dreamy untouched stashes, make sure you’re avalanche aware. Do you have the gear and know how to use it? Do you know what to look for and know what terrain to avoid? Join Whistler Blackcomb and BC Adventure Smart on Blackcomb Mountain this Saturday and Sunday to answer any questions, boost your skills and build on your knowledge – all free of charge.

On January 21st & 22nd from 8:30am - 3pm, meet at the Avalanche Hut on Blackcomb Mountain, outside of the Rendezvous Lodge, for the free backcountry tutorial and question session. The training session will include; avalanche awareness tours with Whistler Blackcomb Ski Patrol, avalanche technicians on scene ready to answer questions, a chance to meet an avalanche dog (Saturday only), lessons on how to use self-rescue gear, beacon finding contests, and a half day tour covering; safe travel, terrain evaluation, avalanche phenomenon, control measures within boundary, avalanche safety equipment & rescue techniques.

This is the real deal if you plan on starting to learn about the backcountry this year, get taught by mountain professionals and ski or board the safe way.

Avalanche Warning Sign

Stay Safe!

Due to heavy rainfall this week, an avalanche warning has been issued for the Sea to Sky Corridor. Avalanche Canada is advising skiers and riders to avoid challenging terrain for the next week or so after reporting "a few small loose wet avalanches" on steep south-facing aspects from this past weekend.

A rainfall warning has also been issued for Howe Sound today, with a series of mild Pacific storms predicted to bring between 75 and 100 millimetres of rain by Wednesday morning. Environment Canada has said that localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible with continued wet weather.

Avalanche Canada Graphic

Highway 99 will not be a nice drive in this weather, folks! If you’re driving on the highway take it slow and steady -- the rain and cold temperatures are making roads very slippery and dangerous! Stay safe everybody!

Photo Credit: Dave Steers