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Canadian Avalanche Centre (CAC) - Canada’s national public avalanche safety organization:

Canadian Avalanche Association (CAA) - for industry:

Mountain Condition Reports (MCR) - MCR reports consist of field observations made by trained and certified professional guides that you sign up to receive and come to your in box. Supported by the Association for Canadian Mountain Guides, the reports include individual reports and weekly summaries.

To subscribe:

Wisegoat - weather & snowpack information:

Applied Snow & Avalanche Research (ASARC):

Association of Canadian Mountain Guides (ACMG):


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.

Canadian Mountain and Ski Guide Program – Thompson Rivers University:


Freedom of the Hills
by Don Graydon, Kurt Hanson, Mountaineers

Free Riding in Avalanche Terrain
by Bruce Jamieson, James Bruce Jamieson

A CAA resource available at

Backcountry Avalanche Awareness, 7th edition
By Bruce Jamieson

Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain, 2nd edition
by Bruce Tremper

Snow Sense: (2001)
by Jill Fredston and Doug Fesler

The ABCs of Avalanche Safety: (2003)
by Ed Lachapelle

Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain Fieldbook

Avalanche Accidents in Canada Volume 5 (1996 – 2007)
A CAA resource available at


The Fine Line - by the Rocky Mountain Sherpas
Intro to Avalanche Awareness
Take Charge, Leading a Companion Rescue 
A Dozen More Turns
Know Before you Go

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