The best part about Canada in the wintertime is the vast backcountry areas that beckon you to go earn your turns. Whether you’re on telemark or touring gear, on your snowboard or snowshoes, there’s limitless terrain on which you can get out and play!
Though it is beautiful, the Canadian backcountry is remote and can be unpredictable. Severe weather and avalanches are two of its primary hazards, so for any backcountry travel you - and everyone in your group - must be self-sufficient. If you’re travelling in avalanche terrain, ensure that you and your group also have proper avalanche training. No matter which backcountry sport you choose – skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing or snowmobiling – always be thoroughly prepared before you head out.
Ensure that you:
- understand and recognize weather patterns;
- can read alpine terrain;
- know the avalanche dangers;
- carry and practice with an avalanche tranceiver, probe and shovel;
- check conditions before heading out.
Ultimately, sound judgment and knowing when to turn around and save it for another day are your most important backcountry survival skills.