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Early Season Avalanche Message via MCR

23 Oct 2008

The Association of Canadian Mountain Guides, The Canadian Avalanche Centre, Parks Canada, Kananaskis Country, and Alpine Club of Canada have teamed up this fall to offer some basic public education regarding early season avalanche conditions. It seems that there are close calls or accidents almost every year as we charge out of the gate early looking for ice or snow.

The attached brochure [pdf] will be distributed via local outlets with the intention of spreading the message to keep your eyes wide open in the early season. Its a unique time of year - some of the best conditions, and some of the worst. You will probably see a a few of our stories in the newspapers too. Please pass on this message among your friends.

Its timely - ice is forming in the Rockies, and the last I checked there was close to 70 cm of settled snow at treeline in Rogers Pass.

Lets have a great start to the winter!

Grant Statham
Mountain Guide