Those of you skiing at Tunnel Creek will notice the new Avalanche sign complements of BC Recreation Sites & Trails
Thanks to funding from BC Recreation Sites & Trails, Avalanche Canada has mapped all of BC’s provincially managed snowmobile recreation areas and many of the backcountry ski areas using the Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale. This three-point scale classifies terrain by its potential to produce avalanches. The descriptors of simple, challenging and complex helps users understand the nature of the terrain and choose a trip with the appropriate level of exposure given the current avalanche conditions.
The ATES project began in 2010 with the goal of mapping the province’s 92 managed snowmobile areas. That project finished in in 2014 and we then began mapping the backcountry ski areas, in collaboration with local clubs. Since then, close to 50 managed backcountry skiing areas have also been mapped. The final few signs for this project were just completed this fall.