Educators & Parents

Avalanche Tool Box

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What is the Tool Box?

The Tool Boxes are portable tough boxes containing donated avalanche safety gear. Each box has around 20 transceivers, 10-15 probes, 5-10 snow shovels, 4 snow saws, 1-5 snow study kits and reading material resources. Included in the boxes are explanations on how to use the equipment, information on current search techniques and educational videos.

What are these boxes for?

The purpose of these boxes are to provide equipment for practicing winter search techniques in a safe environment. None of the equipment is to be taken into the backcountry. The equipment is not uniform so students will be able to try out different types of equipment and test for pros and cons. The Tool box program is now heading into its fourth winter season!

Who can use these boxes?

Any educator who is involved with youth groups, and their students, whether it be teachers at schools or Brownie/Scout leaders. Winter clubs such as snowmobile and race clubs are more than welcome to use the boxes for youth avalanche education.

Sign me up! 

The Tool Boxes are FREE of charge. Their use is on a first come first serve basis with a maximum use of 4 consecutive days. To sign up for the use of one please contact Bridget Daughney at Please put “Tool Box” in the subject line and include the date(s) you would like the box, your school/program, city/province, and contact name/e-mail/phone number. Please note the date(s) will need to be flexible as we will try to reach all interested parties in one community at the same time. When in a community the box will need to be handed off between groups.

Have gear and would like to donate to this program?

Please contact the CAC at  if you have avalanche safety equipment that is in good working order and would like to donate it.

Thank you!

Without the following donators this program would not be possible. Thank you to Backcountry Access, Canadian Avalanche Association, CPSP Mountain Division Avalanche Education, Kelley's Sports international and Coile Equipment, Monashee Powder Snowcats, Outdoor Program Centre, Parkland Ski Club, Strathcona Tweedsmuir School,  Treehouse Outdoor Education, and some private individual donors for all of their contributions.


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