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Avalanche Awareness Days are here

Rachel Schoutsen, staff writer

January 21, 2012 — Having fun on the slopes is just as important as being safe on them. Avalance awareness is here and 40 Canadian communities are dedicating their weekend to the event.

Having knowledge and skills in avalanche situations is essential for skiers and snowboarders when in the backcountry, and even on groomed hills.

If you are feeling a little hesitant on how to react in these life or death situations, now is the perfect time to learn - because itís the weekend of avalanche awareness.

The third week of January marks the beginning of the event. It is an annual celebration of Canadaís knowledge when it comes to avalanche safety. Itís also an opportunity for skiers, snowboarders or anyone interested in becoming more educated on snow profiles and how to be safe in the backcountry.

Avalanche forecasters will be at different events talking to the public about snow slides and how they categorize their avalanche risk warnings.

At Big White ski resort in Kewlona B.C, ski patrol will be at an information booth in the Village Center Mall sharing safety tips and giving away prizes. And at the Castle Mountain Ski Resort in Lake Louise Alberta, you can watch rescue dogs act out a live rescue scenario or learn how to properly use rescue equipment.Thatís just a glimpse of what the weekend is about.

Check out avalanche awareness events in 40 Canadian communities to pick what event best suits you.

For avalanche warnings be sure to check in with The Weather Network.

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