Avalanche Centre urging snowmobilers to be more careful

The Canadian Avalanche Centre and the B-C Coroner’s Service are urging snowmobilers to be more careful in the backcountry after a record number of deaths this winter.

Avalanche Centre director Ian Tomm says 23 people have died in avalanches in Western Canada, 17 of them snowmobilers, up from nine sledder deaths in 2002-03.

He says some snowmobilers aren’t getting the message about the danger of avalanches, adding that more powerful machines are allowing inexperienced riders to get into extreme terrain, increasing their risk of triggering an avalanche.

Jeff Dolan of the B-C Coroners Service says snowmobilers need to check avalanche forecasts and get the right training before heading out.

For more information visit http://www.avalanche.ca/

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