Get prepared for an avalanche
If you plan on exploring in and around the mountains, make sure you have the necessary skills and training.
Know your gear
Each person travelling in your group needs their own transceiver, shovel and probe. Before you leave, practice using your gear.
Avalanche Canada has a basic avalanche awareness course online.
- Find other avalanche skills training courses
Check the weather
When planning a trip it’s important to monitor conditions closely up to one week before you leave. Check Avalanche Canada’s Forecast Bulletin for advisories and special information.
If you are going to a national park, visit Parks Canada’s Avalanche Bulletin and Warning Centre.
4-7 days before
Call Environment Canada’s Pacific Storm Prediction centre at 1-900-565-555 or 1-888-292-2222.
For a small fee, you can consult directly with a meteorologist. Explain where you’re going and at what elevations you’ll be travelling. If the forecast is stormy, think about alternate plans, postponing or cancelling altogether.
3 days before
Check for Special weather statements.
These are the least urgent alerts issued by Environment Canada. They're intended to advise of unusual, inconvenient or potentially hazardous conditions over the longer term (more than 24 hours).
24 hours before
Check for Weather warnings.
These are urgent advisories that severe weather is either occurring or will occur. Even if there are no warnings, it’s a good idea to call the Pacific Storm Prediction Centre again. Reiterate the specifics of your trip and amend your plans if necessary.
Plan your trip
Always tell someone where you’re going and when you’ll be back. This will help authorities search for you in the event of an emergency. You can use a trip planning tool like Adventure Smart, or tips on travelling in an avalanche area, to help you do this.