Avalanche training offered

With ski season fast approaching and backcountry skiing and snowmobiling growing in popularity, the Mount Baldy Alpine Club is hosting an avalanche skills training course.

Local accredited backcountry expert Finbar O’Sullivan will be teaching the basics of both travel in avalanche terrain and avalanche rescue on Dec. 28 and 29.

“The Baldy operations team puts a lot of time and effort into ensuring the area within the resort boundary is as safe as possible,” resort general manager Andy Foster said in a news release.

“We don’t recommend people access the uncontrolled backcountry from the resort but those who do should have sufficient training and confidence in their skills.”

Foster noted that the ‘side-country’ area just outside resort boundaries has the same risks as a mountain miles into the wilderness.

“Travelling outside of the resort boundary is done so at your own risk” said Foster. “We are working together with groups like the Mt Baldy Alpine Club to spread the word of the dangers of accessing the backcountry.”

Upon completion, participants will be issued a formal certificate and qualification.

If there is enough uptake, the resort hopes to make the course an annual offering. To reserve a spot contact Paul Rauhala of Mt Baldy Alpine Club at [email protected] or 250 808 9352.

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