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Avalanche Awareness Days encourage backcountry safety

Encouraging outdoor enthusiasts to explore training opportunities, learn how to make good decisions and stay safe was the focus of Avalanche Awareness Days, January 18 and 19. Avalanche Awareness Days celebrate avalanche safety expertise and provide an opportunity for people to learn how to safely enjoy the winter backcountry with education and training.

Attorney General and Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton notes, “More and more people are heading into the backcountry to enjoy winter sports like skiing, snowmobiling and snow shoeing; but as we saw over the holidays, as the number of people in the backcountry increases so do search and rescues undertaken by volunteers. Avalanche Awareness provides a great opportunity for people to learn to stay safe during winter recreation.”

Gilles Valade, executive director of the Canadian Avalanche Centre reminds everyone heading into the backcountry that they are required to be properly prepared. “When you make the decision to go into the backcountry, you need to be able to take care of yourself and your partners. That means avalanche rescue equipment, first aid supplies and awareness of the risk you’re taking.”

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