Avalanche dog Neko was a crowd favourite during this year’s Avalanche Awareness Day.

Avalanche Awareness Day returns to Fernie

Fernie Alpine Resort (FAR) hosted a day of fun in the snow, with educational opportunities for locals regarding avalanche awareness.

On Saturday, Jan. 17 Fernie Alpine Resort (FAR) hosted a day of fun in the snow, with educational opportunities for locals regarding avalanche awareness.

The Griz Bar fundraising auction was very successful – auction proceeds going to Avalanche Canada were over $1,400.

Transceiver education with ski patrol professionals occurred at the base area and attendees got a chance to practice their backcountry knowledge with avalanche trivia cards. A crowd favourite was Neko, the avalanche rescue dog, who performed practice searches for the crowd while showing off his excellent discipline and obedience skills.

“We had good crowds,” said FAR Events Coordinator Jeni Pearson, “especially kids who loved the Avalanche Dog Demo and the avalauncher t-shirts!”

Locals who headed out to the mountain also had the opportunity to make full use of FAR’s new transceiver practice area and test their skills in a timed challenge.

Pearson noted that the practice area is still available for guests to use and is located on Heartland, just off the Timber Chair.

The event’s fundraising auction hosted at the Griz bar also raised more money than ever — over $1400. The proceeds from the auction went towards Avalanche Canada to fund further public avalanche education programs and initiatives.