If you decide to leave the area boundary – the minimum you should have with you:
- A knowledgeable partner that would go out of their way to help you.
- Winter conditions:
- Avalanche transceiver 457 khz(on your body) and demonstrated ability to use it, and avalanche knowledge.
- Knowledge of local avalanche conditions.
- Good backcountry ski/ board equipment in good working order/ ability to ascend (skins, touring bindings)
- Knowledge of the terrain and your ability.
- Basic First Aid/ Survival equipment
- Food / Water
- Charged Cell phone, VHF radio, or Sat phone, contact numbers
- Navigation equipment.
Know this winter’s snow pack layers
• Know the recent snowfall and type
• Know current CAA Avalanche Center forecast, Whistler Blackcomb mountain Forecast, local avy bulletin
• Know today’s weather forecast (snowfall, temperature & visibility).PLAN YOUR TRIP THOROUGHLY
Be prepared to cope with emergencies due to fatigue, equipment failures, weather and avalanches.
- Evaluate each member’s capacity and ability
- Check the personal equipment of the party
- Carry a mobile phone with full battery charge
- Keep hydrated and nourished throughout the day
- Understand supply levels of liquid and food for the group
- Pace the travel speed of the party so that no one becomes exhausted
- Keep the party together but not too close in avalanche terrain
- The leader should be experienced in route selection
- Ensure that there are sufficient tools in the group to repair broken skis, skins and bindings
- The leader must be capable of organizing a backcountry avalanche rescue, communicating to the outside world, including applying first aid and keeping survivors alive until rescuers arrive