Plush Powder Pursuits

Canada's fabulous winter wonderland brings snow enthusiasts out in droves each year. From snowshoeing, to skiing, to snowmobiling and backcountry adventures, the opportunities are endless! Before you seek out your thrills, be sure that you are well prepared for the potential dangers that come with playing in Canada’s snowy mountainous environments.

This section gives you information to help ensure that you are avalanche aware and that you have all the right gear to make every winter outing safe and enjoyable.

Always leave a trip plan and make sure you take the essentials.

Know Before You Go!

Wear your helmet: Essential when engaging in winter activities such as skiing, skating, snowboarding and snowmobiling.

Dress in proper layers: Dress appropriately to avoid hypothermia and keep your head, ears and hands covered to avoid frostbite.

Test ice: Check ice for appropriate thickness before safely heading out skiing, skating or snowmobiling.

Respect boundaries: Going “Out of Bounds” can get you into extremely dangerous terrain.

Be avalanche aware: Always be attentive of avalanche terrain and avalanche potential in your area. Check avalanche bulletins and practice rescue skills with transceivers, probes and shovels.

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