Deeper thoughts from our forecasters and our field teams.
You know you need it. This is what everyone in your group should be wearing.
This interactive site offers guidance on connecting terrain with current conditions.
A tool for estimating your local avalanche hazard when no forecast is available. Check out the how-to video to learn more.
A list of all the forecast regions, also offered on the map on our home page.
Use this checklist to verify that you’ve completed all steps in the trip planning process and you are fully prepared for your backcountry trip. This checklist is only meant to be used as a guide to ensure that you considered all variables. It will help you plan your trip and make an informed decision, but you still need to remain vigilant in the field and stay alert to changing or different conditions.
A trip plan form helps establish the objectives of the outing, and helps prepare for emergencies by aiding in the organization of rescue efforts if they are required. Carry this trip plan in the field and make sure all members know what to do in case of an emergency. It's a good idea to leave a copy of your trip plan with a responsible person at home.
Make sure you leave a trip plan with a friend or family member. In the event of an emergency, details like your destination, travel route and expected return time are essential information to assist authorities searching for you.
In addition to your avalanche rescue gear, do you have equipment for repairs and first aid? Take a look at this page from the BC Snowmobile Federation for a good outline on gear you should have with you. Also, consider carrying a satellite communication device. It could save your life.