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Avalanche Awareness Days - Jan. 15-16, 2011

Snow – Know it, Love it, Live it!

Cholod the avalance dog gets a little welcome attentionThe Lake Louise Ski Area is committed to safe and responsible outdoor pursuits. We live and play in one of the most beautiful places in the world, but as the saying goes ‘looks can be deceiving’. While avalanche control is done within Lake Louise’s boundaries, avalanche danger exists in the surrounding mountain areas.  As one of the 40+ communities that take part Avalanche Awareness Days, Lake Louise has plenty of exciting and educational activities planned. Our Avalanche Safety professionals will be on hand at various locations throughout the weekend to provide general and Lake Louise specific information on avalanche safety. 

Some of the activities featured include an information booth in the Lodge of Ten Peaks stocked with equipment, charts, maps and more than you would ever possibly want to know about snow!  For the snow connoisseurs out there, there will be a snow profile discussion at the Beacon Plot twice daily.

There will also be interactive activities suitable for all ages such as companion rescue lessons at Lake Louise’s beacon plot, avalanche dog demonstrations in the base area, and an “avalauncher” t-shirt giveaway.

“Avalanche Awareness Days offer an excellent opportunity to come and learn about Snow Safety,” offered Rocket Miller, Head of Avalanche Control at the ski area.  “This event is fun and educational, both for the curious and the qualified outdoorsman.” 

The Canadian Avalanche Association, the official presenter of Avalanche Awareness Days, describes the event as “a celebration of Canada’s avalanche safety expertise and an invitation to enjoy the winter backcountry with education and training”. Lake Louise’s crew of avalanche safety professionals headed up by the aptly named Rocket Miller invites you to join in the celebration and help to ensure that you and yours will be able to enjoy the backcountry for years to come.


The Lake Louise Ski Area


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Information Booth

Time: 11:00am – 2:00pm

Location: Lodge of the Ten Peaks

Information:  The booth will be staffed by one of Lake Louise’s knowledgeable avalanche professionals and will be packed with avalanche information, equipment and prizes. This is your chance to ask any avalanche question you have ever wondered about.  It is also the best place to learn about other avalanche awareness activities happening over the weekend.

Beacon Practice

Times: 10:00am – 12:00pm & 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Location: Beacon Plot on Pika

Information:  Practice companion rescue at Lake Louise’s Beacon Plot.  There will be an avalanche professional on hand to polish your technique as well as allow you to use a variety of commonly used beacons.

Snow Profile Discussion

Times: 10:00am – 11:00am & 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Location: Meet at Beacon Plot on Pika; Profile will be nearby

Information: Learn how to read the characteristics of a snow pack with one of Lake Louise’s avalanche professionals

“Avalauncher” Gun T-shirt Giveaway

Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Location: Outside the Lodge of Ten Peaks

Information:  Test your aim using one of lake Louise’s Avalanche control gun specially set up to shoot giveaway t-shirts.

Avalanche Dog Demonstration

Time: All Day Saturday and Sunday

Location: Base Area

Information:  Avalanche dog rescue team will be on hand performing interactive rescue demonstrations.  Always a hit with Children.

PRIZES: There will be a prize draw for Avalanche equipment donated by the Canadian Avalanche Centre

Click here for more information on this event.

Published - January 6, 2011.

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