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Revelstoke is a special place for those who love the mountains.

We’re surrounded by world class backcountry and some of the most accessible big mountain terrain in the whole of western Canada. The powerful mix of huge mountains and fresh powder is a combo few of us can resist, so here are some of our top tips for staying safe in the mountains this winter.

There’s no such thing as the side country, or slack country.

It might be easy to get to, but you’re in the backcountry as soon as you slide past the boundary rope. You need to be prepared to ride there, even if you’re staying close to the ski area.

Snowmobiling Deep Powder in Revelstoke
Snowmobiling deep powder in Revelstoke
Backcountry at RMR
Photo by Ian Houghton

Get the gear (and know how to use it).

Whenever you’re venturing into the backcountry, you’ll need to get the right gear and make sure you know how to use it. A transceiver (sometimes called a beacon), probe, and shovel are essential equipment. Make sure you’re trained with your gear and practicing regularly.

Avalanche beacon
Photo by Kate Ediger
Avalanche shovel
Photo by Kate Ediger

GET THE TRAINING.

An Avalanche Canada Training course is an essential if you’re thinking of heading into the backcountry, whether on skis, a snowboard, a sled, or snowshoes. There are courses to suit all experience levels and disciplines. Taking a course is a great opportunity to learn and meet other likeminded people too. Your best tool in an emergency is yourself, so make sure you’ve got the knowledge you need.

Using an avalanche beacon
Photo by Kate Ediger
Digging an avalanche pit
Photo by Kate Ediger

GET THE FORECAST.

To make good decisions, you’ll need to know what avalanche conditions you’re likely to encounter. The daily forecasts at avalanche.ca are the best place to get this information. The forecast will give you info on the snowpack, travel advice for terrain to seek out or avoid, and an idea of what to expect in the following days. Download the free Avalanche Canada app to get the forecasts on your phone (available on iOS or Android).

Skiers in Rogers Pass
Photo by Jana Rogers
Selkirk Tangiers Heli Touring
Photo by Bart Johnson
Stay Here - Camping Feature - Beachside Camping on Lake Revelstoke

Remember, avalanche terrain isn’t always easy to spot.

Even if you’re not standing on steep slopes, you can still be in danger. Remember to look up and be aware of what’s around you. Head to avalanche.ca to learn more about what kind of terrain to look out for.

Follow the revy rules.

Please refrain from visiting Revelstoke for non-essential travel at this time. If you are in Revelstoke, please ensure that you are taking precautions to limit the spread of COVID-19 and following provincial health guidelines.  Please check current Provincial Health Orders before travelling.

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Check the Avalanche Forecast

Before heading out in the backcountry, it's essential that you are equipped with the right gear and the right knowledge. A key part of that knowledge is Avalanche Canada's daily forecast. Based on daily field observations and weather forecasts, the avalanche forecast will help you prepare for your day out.

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