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Avalanche Awareness Days
To prevent accidents and help people make good decisions in avalanche terrain, the Canadian Avalanche Centre (CAC) and avalanche professionals in over 30 Canadian communities share their expertise to help people keep safe in the mountains during Avalanche Awareness Days.
Presented by Canadian Pacific Railway, this year’s event takes place on Saturday, January 18. Here in the Elk Valley, Fernie Alpine Resort will be hosting a full day of interactive and educational activities.
From 10 am to 2 pm in the base area (beside the Deer Chair) a variety of educational and fun activities will be happening, including transceiver education and practice course, and avalanche and backcountry trivia. Kirk Gutzman and his avalanche rescue dog Digger will be stopping by to give a CARDA Dog demonstration. At 3 pm in the Daylodge there will be a special showing of Throttle Decisions, a snowmobile backcountry educational video. Although the video is aimed at snowmobilers, the general message of awareness in the backcountry translates to skiers and snowboarders as well.
The festivities will wrap up in the Griz Bar with a fundraising gear auction starting at 4 pm. Up for auction are items from event sponsors Helly Hansen, Outdoor Research, Marmot, and MEC. All of the proceeds will go to the Canadian Avalanche Centre