We want to spend an extra amount of time on this section this week. We’ve been notified by several long term members this week who are concerned by the increase in sketchy behaviours occurring in zones accessed by SledGolden trails. To be honest, it sounds like a shit show out there and SledGolden wants to do as much as we can to promote safe backcountry .
Thursday Dec 10, there is an online webinar by Avalanche Canada specifically for snowmobilers.
You need to pre register https://www.avalanche.ca/events/choosing-terrain-for-snowmobilers-webinar
Are you new to the backcountry?
Check out Avy Savvy, a newly launched program designed to be a precursor to the Avalanche Canada Training program.
Two factors worth noting about mountain safety this year are:
We are seeing an increase of new backcountry users and many are not experienced in mountain safety. It’s reported some of these people are not willing to learn and are acting dangerously.
There is a deficit of avalanche input information this year due to the fact that many commercial ski and snowboard operations are not operating due to COVID.
What this means is that you must be extra vigilant for your safety, the safety of your riding partners and the safety of everybody else riding around you. You might think you’re super rad and don’t care if you’re in a slide… but the fact of the matter is that slide that you’re in, or you trigger, is likely going to take out lots of other people on a busy day. Then what? We’re all in the backcountry together and that means taking a little extra time to think about what your actions will do to others. Many will lament that some of our zones are “not like they used to be,” and that may be the case. A big thing right now is to make sure you’re aware of all the other people operating around you: above, below etc…
As always, we ask that you check https://www.avalanche.ca/ for all updated avalanche forecasts.
Also, we feel the need to point out that SledGolden is not an avalanche forecasting body and it is beyond our legal reach to make avalanche forecasts or advisories. We always urge caution, we have an active beacon checker at the Quartz trailhead, there’s safety signage at our trailheads and we always recommend you to check Avalanche.ca, which is a legal avalanche forecasting organization. Further than that, we just want to say that absolutely no one involved in SledGolden wants a mountain safety accident in Golden. We take safety seriously but it’s your responsibility to do so too. That may mean taking a course, being more aware of others, hiring a guide, or posting media of your adventures that doesn’t lead others astray. We really are in this together. Let’s all do our part.