It is extremely important to check ice conditions and ensure there’s no open water before walking on ice. Hazardous and thin sections can exist at any time during winter.
According to the Canadian Red Cross, ice should be at least 20 centimetres thick for group activities.
All backcountry users have a responsibility to educate themselves on avalanche terrain, avalanche safety equipment and companion rescue. Every person needs a transceiver, shovel & probe and know how to rescue each other should the need arise.
Avalanches are more likely when there has been heavy snowfall, wind, or warming temperatures.
Many typical summer hikes are in avalanche terrain. Always research your trail so you can make educated decisions and be prepared before you go.
Learn more about avalanche safety and always check for reports before you head out at avalanche.ca
Bears are on the landscape until late November and occasionally emerge from their dens throughout the winter. It’s important to be BearSmart and carry bear spray year-round.
Be prepared to not have cell service, especially in the mountains. If you are relying on your cellphone - start the day with a charged battery and preserve it by keeping the phone warm and saving the social media for after the trip.
Plan your trip around the sun for warmth and daylight.
Snowpack can hide the trail. Pay attention and know how to use a map.
Dehydration expedites the onset of hypothermia, so stay hydrated.
Wear layers and bring appropriate footwear like crampons or microspikes.