Avalanche Canada wants everyone to be aware of backcountry dangers

Are you Avy Savvy?

As more people head to the backcountry, Avalanche Canada wants everyone to be "Avy Savvy."

Avy Savvy has developed an online resource aimed at new users of the winter backcountry that provides a solid introduction to avalanche safety.

“It’s vital for anyone venturing into the winter backcountry to have a full appreciation of the challenges involved,” says Gilles Valade, Avalanche Canada’s executive director.

“Traveling in avalanche terrain demands awareness and preparation. Avy Savvy provides a great first step in avalanche safety education.”

Along with avalanche safety fundamentals, Avy Savvy explains the many tools available to backcountry users on the Avalanche Canada website, such as its daily forecast and online trip planner.

Videos, images, animations, and interactive quizzes also help with the learning process.

“We have had an online tutorial for many years, but with the pandemic increasing backcountry use, we recognized an opportunity to improve this program,” said Valade.

“We used a new platform and emphasized user engagement and interactivity. Our team has been working hard on this all summer, and I’m very proud that we are able to provide yet another significant and science-based tool for winter backcountry users.”

Avalanche Canada is a national public avalanche non-profit, non-government safety organization.

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