Rossland’s avalanche centre offers primer for backcountry trips

Backcountry lessons are back in the classroom Thursday night as the Canadian Avalanche Centre brings its knowledge of snow to Rossland.

Lessons in the backcountry are back in the classroom Thursday night as the Canadian Avalanche Centre (CAC) brings its knowledge of snow to Rossland.

The annual pre-season road show is a great primer for winter, said CAC’s Penny Goddard, with plenty of information about dealing with and reading the snow pack, as well as predicting avalanche conditions.

No matter how you might move through the backcountry — on foot, ski, board or machine — the three-hour evening course contains valuable information, she said.

“Winter is coming fast this year,” she said. “Just like we tune up our equipment for our first backcountry outing, these seminars will get your brain in tune.”

The workshop will cover a lot of ground, with the topics of choosing terrain, recognizing avalanche characteristics, as well as looking at new online programs from the CAC covered.

In addition, there will be a review of new rescue techniques and equipment.

Thursday’s workshop starts at 6:30 p.m. The workshop is free and open to anyone. No pre-registration is required.

However, all attendees should bring a non-perishable food item for the Rossland Firefighters Hamper Drive.