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PSA: "Special warning issued by coroner, Avalanche Canada, prior to B.C.'s Family Day

Feb. 4, 2016, 1:52 p.m.
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(Emphasis in article below is mine)

Special warning issued by coroner, Avalanche Canada, prior to B.C.'s Family Day

VANCOUVER - Avalanche Canada and the BC Coroners Service have joined forced in hopes of saving lives in British Columbia's backcountry.

The two organizations have issued a special advisory urging backcountry users to know the conditions, take extreme caution and recognize escalating risks.

The advisory follows a human-triggered avalanche last week in east-central B.C., near McBride, that killed five snowmobilers and engulfed several others who survived.

Both Avalanche Canada and the coroners' service note most of the 17 snowmobilers at the Mount Renshaw site had proper rescue equipment and knew how to use it, preventing further loss of life.

But the service says equipment alone is not enough, pointing to airbags that should have "floated" three of the Renshaw victims to the top of the slide, but could not save them because they were in a gully where snow flow was constricted.

Avalanche Canada executive director Gilles Valade says recognizing avalanche terrain and not exposing groups to the risk of a slide is even better than knowing how to respond after the snow has come down.

http://www.vancouversun.com/technology/special+warning+issued+coroner+avalanche+canada+prior+family/11697400/story.html?__lsa=b675-e17f

Feb. 4, 2016, 3:06 p.m.
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Definitely want to keep eyes open out there this weekend in our region with this next storm coming in followed by rapid warming on Sunday/Monday.

Feb. 4, 2016, 6:08 p.m.
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nasty crust below 2100m. throw on a metre+ and then warm it up…

Feb. 5, 2016, 10:17 a.m.
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Skinned up Holly burn yesterday morning,
was really warm by 9 am at the top. The snow pack was way heavy and starting to sluff off on the steeper sections. This warm cycle is going to be interesting.

Thanks for posting the heads up

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Feb. 9, 2016, 2:49 p.m.
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Woman buried in avalanche north of Pemberton, B.C. survives
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/avalanche-pemberton-survives-1.3440959

Feb. 9, 2016, 3:10 p.m.
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Woman buried in avalanche north of Pemberton, B.C. survives
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/avalanche-pemberton-survives-1.3440959

there's a report on avalanche.ca about that event…..sounds like that 12 person group needs some remedial training….stopping in a terrain trap at the bottom of a large open south facing slope after the temps spiked nearly 5 degrees in an hour or so a day after a 60cm storm? 1 full burial, 2 partials and 9 involved, they're pretty lucky to be alive.

Feb. 9, 2016, 3:52 p.m.
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stopping in a terrain trap at the bottom of a large open south facing slope after the temps spiked nearly 5 degrees in an hour or so a day after a 60cm storm?

Wow.

Feb. 9, 2016, 6:15 p.m.
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we were near there on Sunday. while nothing was moving on us a little poking around in the snow pack showed potential. enough that it was an easy decision to say away from anything with any real consequence. had a great day of snow sliding.

Just a speculative fiction. No cause for alarm.

Feb. 9, 2016, 10:04 p.m.
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there's a report on avalanche.ca about that event…..

http://www.avalanche.ca/reports/0f48d0a8-026a-49b8-b851-e6ce1d1af650

Thanks to Mrs. Gurstin for the link

Feb. 10, 2016, 8:54 a.m.
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http://www.avalanche.ca/reports/0f48d0a8-026a-49b8-b851-e6ce1d1af650

Thanks to Mrs. Gurstin for the link

that's actually a more complete one than what I had read, the one I saw was a report from the party that assisted in the search and dig

Feb. 10, 2016, 10:37 a.m.
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that's actually a more complete one than what I had read, the one I saw was a report from the party that assisted in the search and dig

Honest and frank discussion of what they did. A good case study

Feb. 10, 2016, 12:21 p.m.
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that's actually a more complete one than what I had read, the one I saw was a report from the party that assisted in the search and dig

Haven't seen that one; link?

Feb. 10, 2016, 12:31 p.m.
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Haven't seen that one; link?

it's misplaced on the map page, due south more snowspider area
http://www.avalanche.ca/reports/5e1a536d-dc01-484a-8688-f680e4e7e1a1

Feb. 12, 2016, 12:30 p.m.
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http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/british-columbia/snowmobiler-avalanche-camera-1.3444988

Snowmobiler who thought no bent over trees meant safe zone for a hill climb braap.

Feb. 12, 2016, 1:16 p.m.
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http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/british-columbia/snowmobiler-avalanche-camera-1.3444988

Snowmobiler who thought no bent over trees meant safe zone for a hill climb braap.

Wow. Glad the guy got away with one and learned his lesson and is sharing it with others, that looked like a hard slab and a long slope, dunno if that's survivable.

But man that is really poor risk assessment.

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