Dangers & Annoyances

Practical Tip: Avalanche Warning

The Kootenays are the heart of avalanche country. Such events kill more people in BC each year than any other natural phenomenon. The toll is stubbornly high every year.

Avalanches can occur at any time, even on terrain that seems relatively flat. Roughly half the people caught in one don't survive. It's vital that people venturing out onto the snow make inquiries about conditions first; if an area is closed, don't go there. Whether you're backcountry ski touring or simply hiking in the alpine region, you'll want to rent a homing beacon; most outdoor shops can supply one.

In Revelstoke, Avalanche Canada tracks avalanche reports and offers forecasts for BC and the Canadian Rockies. It has a vital website and a phone app.