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
- Canadian Avalanche Association (CAA)
- Mountain Condition Reports (MCR)
- 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, 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
- Intro to Avalanche Awareness
- Take Charge, Leading a Companion Rescue
- A Dozen More Turns
- Know Before you Go
Why would you want to go to a backcountry lodge? We’ll let one of our guests tell you…
We guessed that the lodge would have great views , but we had no idea how comfortable it would be. Amazing food, cozy duvets, and a sauna – who knew!
– Wilkins family, Ontario