Avalanche Awareness Days

Community Event Listings

Below is a list of Avalanche Awareness Events happening across Canada. Check back often as it will be updated.

There may be a community activity in your area and if you are interested in planning an event for 2014, visit the Organize an Event link for helpful ideas, or contact us and we can help. 

Alberta Parks, Kananaskis Country, Avalanche Awareness Day, Jan. 19, 2014
What: Transceiver practice, snowpack analysis, shoveling techniques and races, recognizing avalanche terrain, emergency fire starting, warm fires, hotdogs & hot chocolate! FREE!
Where: Burstall Pass Trailhead (30 minutes south of Canmore on Hwy 742)
When: 11 am - 3 pm
Contact: Graham Suffield at Graham.Suffield@gov.ab.ca

Apex Ski Resort: Avalanche Awareness Days, Jan. 25-26, 2014
CARDA dog demos, transceiver searches, info booth and more
Where: Apex Ski Resort
When: Sat. and Sun. Jan. 25-26

Banff, AB: Avalanche Awareness Days at the Cave and Basin, Jan. 18-19, 2014
Come out to the Cave and Basin and meet Parks Canada's avalanche pros and get tips on being safe in the backcountry in winter. Watch dramatic footage of avalanches. Learn how an avalanche transceiver works. See dog rescue team Cazz and Mike in action and hear stories of real avalanche rescues.
Where: Cave and Basin National Historic Site
When: Jan. 18 and 19, 1 - 3 pm. FREE with site entry fee.
Contact: Heather Walter at 403-762-1566

Banff, AB: Avalanche Awareness Evening, Jan. 19, 2014
What: An evening presentation on avalanche awareness with speakers and prizes. Free!
Where: The Banff Centre, Max Bell Auditorium
When: 7 pm
Contact: Patsy Murphy at Patsy_Murphy@banffcentre.ca

Fernie, BC: Avalanche Awareness Days at Fernie Alpine Resort, Jan. 18, 2014
What: Avalanche Awareness Days at Fernie Alpine Resort. Activities include: transceiver educations and search practice area, snow pit profile, avalanche trivia, silent and live auction to raise funds for the CAC and more!
Where: Fernie Alpine Resort
When: Activities throughout the day and evening. The auction will be at the Griz Bar Saturday apres ski. Check at the resort for details on timing.
Contact: 250-423-4655 or events@skifernie.com

Fernie, BC: Avalanche Awareness Family Day with the Fernie Snowmobile Association, Feb. 16, 2014

Jasper, AB: Winter Adventure Awareness Night, Jan. 22, 2014
: Learn about snow and avalanche safety and winter recreation options in Jasper. Free! Great opportunity for young adults and local industry staff.
Where: The Jasper Legion, 401 Geikie Street
When: 7 - 10 pm
Contact: Kevin Gedling at kevin.gedling@pc.gc.ca

Kaslo, BC: Whiteout 2014 - Kaslo Snowmobile Invitational
: Info booths and safety clinics
Where: Downtown Kaslo
When: Friday evening, Jan. 24 and all day Jan. 25
Contact: Robert Abbey at rgeorgeabbey@gmail.com

Kelowna, BC: Kelowna Snowmobile Club Avalanche Awareness Days, Jan. 19, 2014
What: Info botth, display and demo rides for visitors
Where: Big White Ski Resort at the Happy Valley parking lot by the snowmobile trailhead sign.
When: 10 am - 3 pm
Contact: Clayton Prince at sledkelowna@gmail.com

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort: Avalanche Awareness Days, Jan. 18-19, 2014
What, Where and When:
10am - 3pm: Info tent at base
11am: Transceiver demo at Yurt
11:30am: Digging demo at Yurt
12pm: Dig a snow profile with a patroller at CPR Peak
1pm: CARDA demonstration behind Daylodge; if the dog picks your sweater first, win a prize
2pm: Explosives Avalanche Control demo at the top of the gondola
Contact: 250-439-5420 for more details.

Kimberley, BC: Avalanche Awareness Days, Jan. 18, 2014
Snow pit demo, airbag demo, info booth, gear info, transceiver practice, SAR demos and more
Where and When: Check the hill for details
Contact: Kara at Events events@skikimberley.com

Lake Louise, AB: Staying Alive: An Avalanche Awareness Night with Parks Canada, Jan. 16, 2014
What: Long time Bow Valley local Kevin Hjertaas will be talking about the decisions and planning that went into the first descent of the North face of Mt. Clemenceau in May 2012. Additionally, there will be speakers from Parks Canada, Lake Louise Snow Safety and segments from the new Sherpas film: Into the Mind.
Where: Lake Louise Parks Canada Vistor Info Centre
When: Thursday, Jan. 16 at 6:30 pm
Contact: Ian Jackson at ian.jackson@pc.gc.ca

Lake Louise Ski Resort, AB: Avalanche Awareness Days, Jan. 18-19, 2014
: Info booth, transceiver practice, snow profile talks, avalanche dog demos and avalanche gun give-away.
Where: Main lodge and base area
When: Sat. and Sun., Jan. 18-19
Contact: Lauren Tuck: events@skilouise.com or Brenna Spademan: Brenna.spademan@skilouise.com or 403-522-1316

McBride, BC: Robson Valley Search and Rescue hosts Avalanche Awareness Days, Jan. 17-18, 2014
What: Throttle Decisions video on the big screens at the Gigglin'Grizzly Pub. Saturday's events will be on Lucille Mountain at the safety cabin with transceiver exercises at the Beacon Park. Companion Rescue practice and and info booth at the cabin.
Where: Gigglin' Grizzly for Friday evening. Lucille Mountain for Saturday.
Contact: Dale Mason 205-569-7036 for more info.

Merritt, BC: Merritt Snowmobile Club Avalanche Awareness Day, Feb. 2, 2014
: Chili ride, Poker run and Avalanche Awareness clinics
Where: Thynne Mountain with staging at Brookmere Parking Lot
When: 9 am, Feb. 2
Contact: Adam McDonald at 250-315-3673

Mt. Seymour Provincial Park, BC: Avalanche Awareness Days, Jan. 18-19, 2014
: Transceiver searches, CARDA demos, SAR prevention, outdoor education. Professionals on site from AdventureSmart, BC Parks, CAC, N. Shore SAR, Surrey SAR and MEC.
Where: Mt. Seymour Provincial Park/Mt. Seymour Resorts
When: Sat. and Sun. Jan. 18 and 19, 9 am - 3 pm both days
Contact: Sandra Riches, AdventureSmart: teamcoordinator@adventuresmart.ca

Nakiska Ski Resort, AB: Avalanche Awareness Days, Jan. 18, 2014
: Info booth, transceiver search games and practice and a raffle.
Where: Nakiska day lodge and base area
When: 10 am - 3 pm
Contact: For more info: Jason Kuruc at jason.kuruc@gmail.com

Nelson, BC: Avalanche Awareness Days at Whitewater Ski Resort, Sunday, Jan. 19th
: Nelson Search and Rescue will be on site to help educate about avalanche rescue and their involvment with avalanche rescue; avalanche rescue demo; Beacon olympics to test your transceiver search skills brought to you by BackcountrySkiingCanada.com.  
BackcountrySkiingCanada.com will also be on site to promote safe travel in the backcountry, and to show you latest in specialized backcountry equipment.
Where: Whitewater Ski Resort
When: Sunday, Jan. 19th, activities throughout the day
Contact: Rebeckah Hornung at rebeckah@skiwhitewater.com.

Panorama, BC: Avalanche Awareness Days during the Snowflake Festival, Feb. 8-9, 2014
Awareness and education/demos happening all over the mountain with an avalanche scenario being held with the local Columbia Valley SAR. Movie night with Throttle Decisions and other avalanche selects on Sat. Feb. 8th at 7:00 pm. Hugh and Helen Hinks memorial fundraiser throughout the weekend
Where: Panorama Resort
When: Friday, 7 pm. Saturday throughout the day
Contact: Scott McClain at mountaintele@hotmail.com

Prince George, BC: Avalanche Awareness Days with the Prince George Alpine Club, Jan. 19, 2014
What: Backcountry Ski Avalanche Awareness trip to Sugarbow. ski area which will highlight assessment and discuss local snow pack conditions.
Contact: Ben Crimp for more details: bencrimp@hotmail.com

Quebec: Chic-Chocs Backcountry Festival, Jan. 31 - Feb. 2, 2014
For details visit: www.skichicchocs.com

Quebec: Avalanche Awareness Days in the Chic-Chocs, presented by Centre d'Avalanche Haute Gaspesie 
: Avalanche activities, information, competitions and trade show
Where: Parc national de la Gaspesie
When: Feb. 28 - March 2
Contact: Dominic Boucher at info@centreavalanche.qc.ca

Revelstoke, BC: Youth Avalanche Awareness Days, Jan. 18, 2014
: Hosted by CAPOW and Salomon come out for a morning of transceiver searches, scavenger hunt and fun looking into the snow pack. Spend the afternoon freeskiing with members of the Salomon pro team. Apres ski event at the outdoor plaza between the Rockford and Mackenzie Common with speakers, booths, prizes and more. FREE!
8:30 - 10 am: Avalanche gear training at the top of the gondola
10 am: Freeskiing and decision making with the pros
12:30 pm: Scavenger hunt for kids, meets at the warming hut at the top of the Stoke chair
All Day: Photo Contest: prizes for best photos of different categories; displayed by uploading to Instagram of Facebook; details to follow
3:30 - 5 pm: Apres-ski BBQ, drinks and "Shreducation" presentation by ACMG Marty Schaffer at the Rockford Plaza
Prizes to avy gear training participants, freeski participants, photo contest winnters, scavenger hunt participants.
Where: Revelstoke Mountain Resort, mid-mountain lodge for the morning. Mackenzie conference room for apres ski.
When: Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. Check back for times.
Contact: Katie Burrell for more info:katherine.e.burrell@gmail.com

Rossland, BC: Avalanche Awareness Days with Rossland SAR, Jan. 18, 2014
What: Come learn more about avalanche safety
Where: Red Mountain Resort
When: 9:30 am
Contact: Dave Braithwaite at davebsar9@yahoo.ca

Smithers, BC:
Check back soon for details

Squamish, BC: Avalanche Awareness Days hosted by BC Park Rangers, Jan. 18-19, 2014
Join BC Parks Rangers to look for avalanche clues in snowpack layers.  See how avalanche transceivers work and test your skills at finding buried beacons.  Find info on avalanche safety resources, latest innovations, and test your knowledge in a trivia quiz for a chance to win great prizes! Remember to bring tire chains for your vehicle as the road can be icy.
Where: Garibaldi Park -- Red Heather Shelter/Diamond Head Area
When: Jan. 18 and 19, 11 am - 2 pm
Contact: Sietse Breedijk at Sietse.Breedijk@gov.bc.ca

Smithers, BC: Extreme Everest Challenge, March 8-9, 2014
Check this website for details: http://www.extremeeverestchallenge.com/
There will be an avalanche awareness info station with transceiver, probing and shoveling competitions.

Terrace, BC: Shames Mountain Avalanche Awareness Days, Jan. 19, 2014. Hosted by Mount Remo Backcountry Society.
: Brush up on your skills with avalanche transceivers, backountry travel talks, snow pit demos, discussions, draw prizes, info tent and more
Where: Shames Mountain Ski Hill and My Mountain Co-op
When: Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014
Contact: Jupiter MacDonald at jupiterm@telus.net

Valemount, BC: Avalanche Awareness Days with VARDA, Sat. Feb. 15, 2014
: Learn more and have fun. Throttle Decisions viewing, avalanche presentations, food, 50/50 draws and more.
Contact Curtis Pawliuk at info@ridevalemount.com

Whistler/Blackcomb: Avalanche Awareness Days, Jan. 17-19
What: Friday: Presentation at Whistler Secondary School Avalnache Awareness program.
Transceiver search competition on Saturday and CARDA dogs available all weekend at The Avalanche Hut near the Rendezvous Restaurant.
Free avalanche awareness tours offered throughout the season!
Richard Wyne at richardofwhistler@hotmail.com

Whitehorse, Yukon: Avalanche Awareness Days, Jan. 18, 2014
What: Backcountry Avalanche Workshop with speakers and demonstrations. Come out and meet the Yukon Canadian Avalanche field team! FREE!
Where: Mount Mac Grey Mountain Room
When: 10 am - 4 pm, Jan. 18, 2014
Contact: Jeni Rudisill at jeni@uptrack.ca





Thanks to all of our sponsors who donated prizes for these events including Marmot, Outdoor Research, BCA, Polaris, Yamaha, BRP and Innate.