Backcountry skiing safety is import and unfortunately, people are killed enjoying backcountry skiing every year. In some cases, the fatalities may have been avoided. In other cases, people were prepared, skilled and smart yet they still got hurt. Backcountry skiing is inherently dangerous and you should be aware of that every time you head out. This website and the West Kootenay Touring Guide only scratch the surface of things you should know and bring when embarking on a tour. It cannot replace the experience, knowledge and skills that will allow you to enjoy touring—in maximum safety—for decades. We have assembled some of the basic backcountry skiing safety ideas and info here for you. To increase your backcountry skiing safety, consider hiring a local certified guide or take one of the many great Avalanche Safety Training courses though the Canadian Avalanche Centre
Members of local Search and Rescue (SAR) groups have been very helpful in developing and reviewing the West Kootenay Touring Guide (some of which appear here on this site) and we are thankful for their time and knowledge. Though mostly made up of volunteers, SAR members work and train hard, and have saved many lives in the backcountry over the years.
For everyone, promoting your own backcountry skiing safety (as well as that of others) takes time and energy. Make sure to keep an eye on yourself, and other “rescuers” in your group and trust in the Responsible Person (RP) mentioned in your preplan.Some ideas Search and Rescue would like you to keep in mind:
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