Though November may be a quiet month in the mountains, the Canadian Avalanche Centre is reminding outdoor enthusiasts the slopes can always be a dangerous place.
Greg Johnson is an Avalanche Forecaster with the Canadian Avalanche Centre in Revelstoke, B.C. He says while there are no warnings being issued for the Peace Region just yet, people should remain cautious when exploring the backcountry.
In the 2008-2009 season, snowmobile avalanche fatalities skyrocketed, while backcountry skiing fatalities were few and far between.
Johnson says many snowmobilers misjudged the unstable snow pack that persisted for the better part of last winter.
He says, at this point, it’s hard to tell what the snowpack will be like this year, even though some officials predict a warmer season with the El Nino system inching closer.
But, Johnson says this is the perfect time to brush up on avalanche safety skills.
Starting next week, the avalanche centre will be providing updates on snowpack conditions and avalanche risks throughout the province.
In the meantime, anyone interested in acquiring basic avalanche skills can Click Here, and be directed to a free online course.
The course will help participants acquire the basic knowledge and skills needed to perform rescues in the event of an avalanche.