Safety Training & Resources
Safety first! It is not just a platitude, it is what the BLBCA strives to ensure is a key component of the ‘backcountry experience’.
Technology & Gear
The BLBCA supports the use of the most up-to-date safety technology in the backcountry, both in summer and winter.
At the Lodges
- Guided trips are led by highly trained, professionally certified guides, who know their respective terrain better than anyone
- Wherever possible, self-guided trips are provided with maps of terrain lay-out and other information to help them make informed decisions about their terrain choices
- Avalanche Canada Skills Training Level 1 and Level 2 courses are available at a number of BLBCA affiliated operations, including Colwest Alpine Adventures. Avalanche Canada programs are delivered by accredited course providers
The BLBCA is a proud financial supporter of ASARC (Applied Snow & Avalanche Research), an avalanche research program headed by Dr. Bruce Jamieson, of the University of Calgary. Dr. Jamieson holds the NSERC Research Chair in Snow Avalanche Risk Control. For more information on this research visit www.eng.ucalgary.ca/asarc.
- Avalanche Canada –
Canada’s national public avalanche safety organization
- Canadian Avalanche Association (CAA) – For industry
- Mountain Condition Reports (MCR)
– MCR reports consist of field observations made by trained and certified professional guides. Supported by the Association for Canadian Mountain Guides, the reports include individual reports and weekly summaries.
- Wisegoat – Weather and snowpack information
- Applied Snow & Avalanche Research (ASARC)
- Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG)
- Avalanche Canada Skills Training Level 1 and Level 2 courses are available at a number of BLBCA affiliated operations, including Colwest Alpine Adventures. Avalanche Canada certifies the course providers and provides the latest curriculum.
- Canadian Mountain and Ski Guide Program
– Thompson Rivers University
- Freedom of the Hill by Don Graydon, Kurt Hanson, Mountaineers
- Free Riding in Avalanche Terrain by Bruce Jamieson, James Bruce Jamieson
- WinterSafe A CAA resource
- Backcountry Avalanche Awareness, 7th edition By Bruce Jamieson
- Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain, 2nd edition by Bruce Tremper
- Snow Sense: (2001) by Jill Fredston and Doug Fesler
- The ABCs of Avalanche Safety: (2003) by Ed Lachapelle
- Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain Fieldbook
Avalanche Accidents in Canada Volume 5 (1996 – 2007) A CAA resource
- The Fine Line – by the Rocky Mountain Sherpas
- Intro to Avalanche Awareness
- Take Charge, Leading a Companion Rescue
- A Dozen More Turns
- Know Before you Go