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Safety and learning are the focus, plus getting into some gorgeous untracked snow!

The women's Backcountry Series

A program designed for the wonderful women of Whistler to ski & splitboard safely in the backcountry.

eagle viewing tours

Eagles as far as the eye can see! Join our local guides at an exclusive location near Squamish on this interpretive Eagle tour.

Crevasse rescue

Learn to be self-sufficient in the backcountry. This is a great next step to start getting into more complex terrain.

AVALANCHE SKILLS TRAINING

Learn the fundamentals critical to safe backcountry travel, in one of the world’s best locations.

ice
climbing

Experience the thrill of ice climbing tours while you move safely up a frozen waterfall using ice axes and crampons.

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Keep Your Avalanche Skills Sharp This Winter

One of the first things that new winter backcountry travellers learn about avalanche education is that it’s lifelong. Courses and certificates represent certain milestones, yes. But veteran avalanche forecasters are constantly combing weather reports, gathering snowpack data and retraining their rescue skills on a daily basis. As recreationists touring on weekends and days off, we can’t expect to spend as much time with our heads buried in the snow as the guides and industry professionals.   However, avalanche knowledge and rescue skills are in the

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backcountry artist kate zessel

These Backcountry artists will inspire you these holidays

In case you hadn’t noticed, the backcountry is a beautiful place. It can be hard work to get  out there and home again, but few people would argue against it being worth every sweat-inducing step. With such magnificence on our doorstep in British Columbia, it’s not hard to see so many artists use it as their primary inspiration for drawings and paintings. For these holidays. MSAA has profiled five of our favourite backcountry artists in the province. You can find these works sprinkled around mountain

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tree well Whistler snow safety

Big snow dumps mean big, dangerous tree wells

Whistler and the whole of the Pacific Northwest is rejoicing this week after winter broke down the door with well over a meter of snow on the slopes and more in the forecast. What a time to be alive!  But while everyone is busy ditching work getting faceshots, there remains a life threatening hazard at every turn, and I’m not talking about avalanches. Snow Immersion Suffocation (SIS) can happen when a skier or snowboarder falls into a tree well or deep, loose snow – usually

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Understanding Human Factors in Avalanche Safety

Why do so many people with avalanche training end up triggering slides more than a few times in their backcountry careers? It’s one of the most perplexing conundrums of avalanche safety, one that boils down to psychology rather than skill or knowledge. Avalanche researchers have termed this effect collectively as “human factors.”

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