Tabatha Rathbone, BC AdventureSmart Outreach Educator demonstrating how the avalanche transceiver works with a skier who is also wearing one. Tabatha and the skier are at Mt. Washington Alpine Resort, at the mountains transceiver basin, where backcountry enthusiasts can check their ‘signal’ at the gate.

Mt. Washington hosts Avalanche Awareness Days

Avalanche Canada hosts Avalanche Awareness Days every third weekend of January. This year, one of two events were held Mt. Washington Alpine Resort.

B.C. has over 1,700 search and rescue (SAR) incidents annually, with 80 SAR groups, consisting of 2,500 volunteers responding to those incidents. BC AdventueSmart increases awareness to help reduce the number and severity of incidents by delivering outdoor recreation safety programs to outdoor enthusiasts, to students at schools, to outdoor clubs and at workplaces to upwards of 25,000 face-to-face annually. Additionally, BC AdventureSmart hosts special events in provincial and national parks, at trail heads and on ski-hills with season and sport specific messaging.

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