“It’s going to be set-up similar to a trade show,” explains District Recreation Officer Tim Bennett of the event’s purpose “…There were quite a few [previous] fatalities in the [Tumbler Ridge] area, and there was a corners inquest. Through that inquest, the corner had recommended the province provide information on areas to the public to make snowmobiling and winter backcountry users that much safer.”

The event is free to attend and open to anyone interested in learning snowmobiling/backcountry tools and tips developed by Canada Avalanche.

The event will also provide public recreation users a chance to interact with Avalanche professionals and ask questions.

“The tools provide users the ability to assess their own risk when heading into the backcountry in Avalanche prone areas.”

Tumbler Ridge, Chetwynd and Mackenzie are primary areas for winter recreation, according to Bennett.

“The majority of avalanches are caused by humans recreating in the backcountry,” says Bennett.

The event, which runs 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., will be held this Saturday January 16, 2015, at the Core Lodge – located 14 kilometres south of Core Lodge Road off Highway 52E.

Lunch and refreshments will be served.