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Having a blast at Avalanche Awareness Days

Trainer Kirk Gutzman gets ready to show the crowd what avalanche rescue dog Digger can do. - N. Obre
Trainer Kirk Gutzman gets ready to show the crowd what avalanche rescue dog Digger can do.
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Skiers and boarders took a break from the slopes on Saturday to learn the importance of avalanche awareness. Put on by the Canadian Avalanche Centre and CP Rail and hosted at the base of Fernie Alpine Resort, Avalanche Awareness Days was a day full of interactive and educational activities.

Set up by the Deer Chair was everything one needs to know about avalanche awareness and safety, including transceiver education and practice course, as well as avalanche and backcountry trivia. Avalanche rescue dog Digger stopped by with his trainer Kirk Gutzman to say hi to the crowd and give a Canadian Avalanche Rescue Dog Association demonstration.

After a screening of Throttle Decisions, a snowmobile backcountry educational video, in the Daylodge, the day wrapped up with a fundraising auction in the Griz Bar.

 

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