The Avalanche Site

Mountain Guide Doug Latimer has developed The Avalanche Site, a Canadian website providing public avalanche education. He has gathered together many of the pieces of avalanche safety information scattered around the web into a cohesive resource for anyone going into avalanche terrain. Although still a work in progress (Planning and Terrain are not done yet), there is already lots of content for you to browse.

The Avalanche Site

Scattered among the text are a number of informative video clips, some with subtitles, others narrated by avalanche professionals such as John Kelly, Karl Klassen, Chris Stethem, Grant Stathem, Pascal Haegeli, and Katrina from MEC talking about equipment.

There are more videos in the “Resources” section” which is intended to provide resources for avalanche educators, though I would like to see some of them incorporated into the appropriate section of the site. For instance, the video on Conveyor Shovelling should be available in the Rescue Section.

While the site looks very professional, there are a couple of improvements needed in the sites navigation. In the Resource Menu on the left, the headings such as 1: Basics, 2: Formation, etc. are not just heading, they are clickable information pages. On first visiting the site I ignored them, clicking on the other items which appear to be second level headings. Also for those of us viewing the content on an iPad, it would be nice to have next and previous buttons at the top and bottom of each page so we don’t have to access the menu each time.

Partners and sponsors include the Canadian Avalanche Centre, Canadian Avalanche Foundation, MEC, the federal government and Shadow Light Productions.

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  • thepassionatehiker Dec 19, 2011, 6:07 pm

    Anything which helps us better understand the dangers of avalanches is a good thing. I cringe to think of the dangers I have unwittingly been in over the four decades of serious hiking around various mountains. I can count at least two occasions where I was in snowy areas I should not have been and was lucky to get away with it. Now being older and wiser (I hope) I am much more alert to this, and so this new website should help me and others like me to be better informed and to make better decisions. Never too old to learn.

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