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The BLBCA strives to ensure that safety is a key component of the 'backcountry experience' and supports member lodges in their quest to minimize the risks involved with recreating in the backcountry.

Technology & gear

The BLBCA supports the use of the most up-to-date safety technology in the backcountry, both in summer and winter. To this end, we strive to provide site visitors with up-to-date information on such technology and gear. Keep an eye on BLBCA’s News Updates on the BLBCA Homepage or check out the Safety & Training Information section of the website for useful information before you join us.

At the lodges

• Guided trips are led by highly trained, professionally certified guides, who know their respective terrain better than anyone
• Wherever possible, self-guided trips are provided with maps of terrain lay-out and other information to help them make informed decisions for their terrain selection
• Canadian Avalanche Centre Avalanche Skills Training Level 1 and Level 2 courses are available at a number of BLBCA affiliated operations, including Colwest Alpine Adventures ( The course providers are fully certified by the Canadian Avalanche

Association and use only the latest curriculum provided by the CAC.

Research support

The BLBCA is a proud financial supporter of ASARC (Applied Snow & Avalanche Research), an avalanche research program headed by Dr. Bruce Jamieson, of the University of Calgary. Dr. Jamieson holds the NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada) Research Chair in Snow Avalanche Risk Control. Along with his team of researchers, they continue to make incredible strides in the areas of avalanche assessment, forecasting, control and management. For more information on this research visit

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