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Saftey & Training

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 will strive to provide site visitors with up-to-date information on such technology and gear in the near future. Keep an eye on the Newsfeed on the BLBCA Homepage for updates to the Safety & Training Information section of the website.

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 about their terrain choices

• Canadian Avalanche Center 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 and along with his team of researchers continues 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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