Know Before You Go

This season is different than any other.

Our member lodges are taking precautions and enacting strict COVID-19 policies to ensure the safety of staff and guests this winter season. That way, you can breathe easy on your next backcountry adventure.

Before you head into the backcountry take a few minutes to review our pre-trip guides, resources, and safety advice. 

Travel and Recreate Safely and Responsibly This Winter

Be a Safe and Responsible Traveller

We all have a role to play in ensuring safe and responsible travel in British Columbia. Learn and follow best practices for travel and recreation this winter. Visit a BLBCA member lodge in your region, travel and shop local.

Review Safe Operating Plans

In the spring our organization developed an association-level BLBCA Best Practices template for individual member lodges to reference while developing their own specific COVID-19 operating plan as required by the Provincial Health Office and WorkSafeBC. Contact individual members lodges to review their unique Covid-19 operating plan.

Follow Provincial Health Orders

Keep up to date on the latest health orders as directed by the Provincial Health Officer. Follow all guidance and mandates to keep staff and guests safe this winter.


BEFORE YOUR TRIP

Book Early

As most BLBCA’s lodges are located in rural BC, we recommend that you book your pre- and post-trip accommodation as early as possible. These areas can have limited accommodation available.

Winter or Summer

Please arrive at the helicopter staging area in appropriate outdoor gear, be prepared to walk in deep snow, and understand that you can experience all kinds of weather conditions while in the backcountry.

Upon Arrival at Lodge

Guided trips are led by highly-trained, professionally-certified ACMG guides. Safety always comes first. This is what the BLBCA and its member organizations strive to ensure is a key component of any backcountry experience.

SELF-GUIDED GROUPS

We recommend that parties who decline obtaining professional guiding services review one or all of the following resources:

BLBCA’s Self-Guided Recommendations

Download the guide >

ACMG Backcountry Planning Brochure

Download the brochure >

Avalanche Canada’s Pre-Trip Planning Course

Take the Online Tutorial >

SAFETY RESOURCES

Resources
AdventureSmart

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Canadian Avalanche Association (CAA)

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Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG)

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Avalanche Canada – Public Avalanche Bulletin Tutorial

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Forecasts & Bulletins
Mountain Condition Reports (MCR)

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Avalanche Canada

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Windy.com (weather forecast)

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SpotWx (weather forecast)

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DriveBC (BC Highway forecast)

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Avalanche Canada (weather forecast)

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Courses
Avalanche Canada

Avalanche Canada Skills Training Level 1 and Level 2 courses are available at a number of BLBCA affiliated operations.

Learn more >

VIDEOS

Know Before You Go

A Dozen More Turns

“When a guest stays at one of our member lodges in BC’s backcountry, they will be immersed in the wild natural cosiness of lodge life.”

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Photo – Mark Masterson