Join author Janet Love Morrison, professional ski patrollers, and CARDA dog handler Janet Rygnestad for a reading and lesson about outdoor safety awareness.
The safety of mountain guests is critical in all ski areas. Much like we are taught about the hazards of water, electricity and fire, we must also teach young people about the fundamentals of mountain safety. This is the intent of Radar the Rescue Dog.
In 1978 Radar was Whistler’s first avalanche rescue dog. His home was Whistler and his owner was Bruce Watt, one of the original founders of the Canadian Avalanche Rescue Dog Association (CARDA).
The timing is crucial as every winter there are news headlines about avalanche fatalities; thus, the immediate need to promote avalanche safety and education for young skiers and snowboarders.
The Right Honourable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has written the foreword. His brother Michel was tragically killed in an avalanche in November 1998. Since then the Trudeau family has participated in mountain awareness.
Radar is endorsed by the Canadian Avalanche Foundation; the Canadian Ski Patrol; the Canadian Avalanche Rescue Dog Association; Whistler Search and Rescue; and Dave Irwin and Steve Podborski of the famed Crazy Canucks.
The book reading will take place at the Mountain Kids Centre, located on the lower level of the Learning Centre at Mount Washington on Sunday, Feb. 7 at 3:45 p.m.
Mount Washington is sponsoring the event and will be supplying hot chocolate and cookies for the kids.