December 26, 2013 - 10:32 AM
THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - So you got a new pair of skis/snowshoes a snowboard, an ATV or snowmobile for Christmas and can't wait to explore the great wilderness of B.C.?
The RCMP has a message for you.
Due to a number of recent events including the death of two outdoor enthusists, Mounties are asking skiers, snowboarders, snowmobilers and anyone else enjoying the outdoors to exercise caution when exploring the vast winter wilderness.
Seasonal fatalities across the Province highlight the risks involved when entering areas that are unmanaged, have unstable snow conditions and are at risk of avalanches.
"Living in British Columbia, we are lucky to have some of the most spectacular outdoor areas in the world, and winter and spring activities frequently bring people into back country areas," says North District Media Relations Officer, Const. Lesley Smith . "While part of the enjoyment of these activities is being in pristine conditions it is vitally important for everyone to prepare and not put themselves at risk. We would ask that people err on the side of caution when the risks are high. Enjoy the outdoors but come home safely to friends and family."
Before heading out to the back country...
Check Avalanche conditions in the area you plan on visiting. If there is a high risk go to another area that is a lower risk. Avalanches can occur quickly and can have devastating results so plan ahead, ride safely and arrive home to enjoy British Columbia’s spectacular outdoors again.
Plan and be prepared.
Bring along an avalanche beacon, probe, shovel, warm clothing, survival kit, first aid kit, and basic tool kit. Leave an itinerary with someone, and don't go alone. Never rely on other snowmobilers to bail you out. Ride within your limits and ride with respect to the area you are riding in.
If you are visiting a managed Ski resort area, do not ski out of bounds leaving groomed and managed trails. Signs are posted for your safety as the area is deemed unsafe due to unknown terrain.
For more information on outdoor safety tips and planning ahead please visit the following websites:
Get Prepared - Avalanches
Canadian Avalanche Centre
BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure Avalanche and Weather Programs
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