Avalanche Awareness day teaches backcountry knowledge in Rossland

The annual Avalanche Awareness Day was held Saturday at Red Mountain Resort.

The annual Avalanche Awareness Day

The annual Avalanche Awareness Day was held Saturday at Red Mountain Resort.

The event is put on by the local search and rescue groups, including Rossland and District Search and Rescue.

The event featured four information stations, each with different avalanche and snow techniques to learn about.

The first station was a probe line, which taught probing techniques as well as proper deployment of the long probe.

The next station was a beacon station. Avalanche beacons were buried earlier in the day so that participants could practice locating them, as well as becoming more familiar with the beacon and how they work.

The third station was about snow profiles  and shear tests.

This gave people a chance to get a good idea of how snow builds up and causes avalanches.

The fourth station was on how to build a snow cave.

At the end of the day there was a fun race, where teams went through each of the four stations.

Among the participants were people new to avalanche hazards as well as experienced backcountry enthusiasts.

Organizers said they had a great turnout for the event, adding that lots of people enjoyed the events and gained some knowledge and information.

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