Essential avalanche training opportunity

'Anybody venturing out into backcountry should have avalanche safety training'

An avalanche training session held by South Cariboo Search & Rescue in 100 Mile House was well-attended on Jan. 16. Backcountry users have the opportunity to attend an Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 Course coming to 100 Mile House

A “must do” course for anyone sledding in the mountains is coming up, following a well-attended avalanche training session held by South Cariboo Search & Rescue in 100 Mile House on Jan. 16.

The upcoming Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 Course in 100 Mile House on Feb. 27-28 will focus on understanding and planning for the risks involved when riding in avalanche terrain.

It’s being organized by Trigger Point Snow Services, in conjunction with the Mica Mountain Riders Association.

While the course is geared for snowmobilers, it’s still very useful for other backcountry users like skiers, says instructor Shane Gunn.

The course covers pre-planning, how to read forecasts and how to plan your trip, safe travelling techniques through the mountains, terrain assessment, self rescue, companion rescue and how to use specific tools like shovels and beacons.

“It’s a very in-depth course,” says Gunn. “Mountain sledding is one of the fastest-growing winter sports.

We’re getting a huge influx of users out at the Mica Mountain area. Anybody venturing out into the backcountry should have avalanche safety training. They should be taking one of these courses.”

According to Trigger Point’s website, the Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 Course is suitable for people with basic training who want to learn more.

Visit Trigger Point Snow Services online for more information.

Questions for Gunn can be addressed to shane@cariboochilcotin.ca.

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