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Spending the holidays on the slopes

Staff writers
December 11, 2012 — For some Canadians, there's no better way to spend the holidays than on the slopes. Officials are reminding riders to keep safety in mind.

Outdoor enthusiasts embracing the fresh snow at Whistler
Outdoor enthusiasts embracing the fresh snow at Whistler

The holiday season is in full swing and some Canadians are ditching the mall for the mountains. 

"Get up and ski, snow is terrific and the weather is great, not too cold, so it's just perfect," said one person we caught up with at BC's Whistler ski resort on Monday. 

After an early start to the ski season, Whistler is now reporting over 360 cm of snow. Perfect for those looking to spend time on the slopes. 

"Love the snow, love the mountain," said another eager outdoor enthusiast. "For the holidays, you have to be on the mountain." 

With more snow in the forecast however, riders are encouraged to get educated on avalanche safety.

Tuesday's avalanche risk
Tuesday's avalanche risk

The current avalanche risk ranges from considerable to high.

“People have to be prepared with the best current avalanche information. Consulting the bulletin at is a good option. Here you can find the latest dangers and how it could affect you if you're venturing out in those areas,” says John Kelly, Operations Manager with the Canadian Avalanche Centre (CAC).

According to the CAC, 146 fatalities were caused by avalanches within the years of 2000-2010. Snowmobiling is now the backcountry activity that accounts for the most avalanche fatalities. 

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