Revelstoke – The Canadian Avalanche Centre (CAC) marks the start of a new season of avalanche forecasts with a new bulletin format and a significant increase in the number of bulletin regions.
“These two developments go hand-in-hand,” explains CAC executive director Ian Tomm. “With help from the efficiencies of our new bulletin system, we will split some of our larger regions into smaller ones. As a result, the CAC will provide daily avalanche information for 12 regions, up from seven in the past.”
The new bulletin format was developed in partnership with Parks Canada and uses icons and other graphic elements to communicate avalanche risk. At the CAC website, advanced backcountry users can also access more detailed, text-based information if they wish.
In addition to Parks Canada, the CAC’s bulletin expansion received vital support from other agencies. The Canadian Avalanche Foundation, a registered charity that supports the work of the CAC, increased its annual donation in aid of this program. As always, the Government of B.C. played an essential role, with core funding and collaboration with a variety of ministries.
– Canadian Avalanche Centre