STAFF of Grouse Mountain recently announced the resort will be offering a brand new Avalanche Skills Training Course throughout February and March.
According to a press release, whether it's planning a simple day snowshoe trek or a more extensive weekend excursion, the course is a great launching pad for avalanche education.
During the two-day course, Grouse Mountain team members aim to provide a foundation education for those recreationists with basic training and/or little experience following curriculum and guidance from the Canadian Avalanche Centre.
The program, entitled Avalanche Skills Training Course Level 1, is aimed at those interested in understanding and evaluating avalanche conditions, planning excursions, analyzing public avalanche bulletins and is appropriate for winter recreationists of all levels, including snowsho-ers, skiers and snowboarders.
Course content includes the basics of avalanche formation and release, how to identify avalanche terrain, the steps required to plan and carry out a trip, how to use the Avaluator as a decision-making tool, appropriate travel techniques for avalanche terrain and how to carry out companion rescue.
The course's launch was timed with Avalanche Awareness Days on Jan. 19-20. The two-day affair is a national celebration of Canada's avalanche safety and expertise.
The courses take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and include both indoor classroom and outdoor field time at Grouse.
For more information on course dates, pricing and registration, visit grousemountain.com/avalanche-awareness-training.