Safety Training & Resources

Safety First

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

Research Support

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

Safety Resources




  • 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

Essential Gear


Blog Categories

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