Whereas public avalanche safety information is delivered in the remainder of the province by sizable agencies such as the Canadian Avalanche Centre and Parks Canada, on the Island we fill this need in true grassroots style.
The Vancouver Island Avalanche Centre has been delivering three times weekly avalanche bulletins to the public as well as special avalanche warnings all thanks to the support if the very islanders who use the service.
Funding for the bulletin comes from the generous support of Island-based businesses and from the users of the bulletin through their participation in annual fundraising events that keep the Avalanche Centre going.
The first of two events scheduled for this winter is coming up Jan. 25.
The fifth annual Party for the Bulletin gives bulletin users a chance to support their source of avalanche safety information by having a lot of fun and scoring great deals on back country gear, ski passes, heli skiing and much else.
The formula is quite simple: Anyone who wants to support the bulletin first buys a ticket and then comes to the Riding Fool Hostel in Cumberland on Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. Once at the event all the supporter needs to do is enjoy a cold beer from Phillips Brewing, dance to the sounds of the Paisley Bandits, PK and Old Soul with Brodie Dawson and bid on lots of awesome silent auction items from the likes of Back Country Access, Elan Skis, Tyax Lodge Heli Skiing, Mount Washington, Musicfest and too many others to mention here.
Tickets are available from Tarbell's Deli in Cumberland, Bop City Records in Courtenay or by phone from Island Alpine Guides at 250-400-2870.
– Vancouver Island Avalanche Centre