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Traveling in the Backcountry? Send us your observations and become eligible for the Blue Touque "Tip of the Month" prize.
If you have any information about conditions or activity in the back country or If you have observed avalanche activity or been involved in an avalanche, please send your obeservations to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Each month we'll pick the best contribution to win a prize from the Blue Toque Sport Swap.
Read about the limitations of this avalanche bulletin here.
The VIACS is looking to change up the way we format and communicate avalanche hazard to you for this upcoming winter.
Below is a link to a survey where you can give us feedback on the mock up. Follow the instructions on the survey page.
Thanks for taking the time to participate!
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It's set. The date for the 6th Annual Party for the Bulletin has been set and it is Saturday 11 January, 2014.
The party happens in the event's spiritual home the Riding Fool Hostel in Cumberland.
There will be music and beer as always with The Times featuring Des Larson laying down their soulful tunes and Vancouver Island Music Award Nominee Brodie Dawson. There's also going to be dancing, fun and awesome beer from our friends at Lighthouse Brewing.
Watch the facebook event page for details on more schwag for the auction as it comes in: https://www.facebook.com/events/498018070312800/
Tickets go on sale on Thursday 5 December and will be available at Tarbell's Deli in Cumberland or by credit card from Island Alpine Guides. 250 400 2870. The event sells out every year so get your tickets early.
The winter season is coming and we're getting ready at the Island Avalanche Bulletin.
In the meantime we want to pass on some very important information about a few developers who have come up with smart phone apps which they claim will turn your smart phone into an avalanche transceiver.
THESE ARE NOT REPLACEMENTS FOR REAL AVALANCHE TRANSCEIVERS. You can read the press release from the Canadian Avalanche Centre about this below and listen to the interview which VIACS forecaster Jan Neuspiel did on the CBC on this subject.
This bulletin covers the mountainous region of Vancouver Island from the Mt. Cain Ski Area in the North to the Beaufort range to the South including the mountains of Strathcona Provincial Park.
This is a regional forecast and significant variation may exist within the forecast area. The information and danger ratings are intended as a trip planning aid for recreational, backcountry users of avalanche terrain; they are not meant to be used as the sole factor in determining the avalanche danger presented by a specific slope.
Always include local weather, snowpack and avalanche observations in your decision to travel in avalanche terrain. Observations and experience may lead to different conclusions from what is reported or recommended. See disclaimer for further details. The technical data used to produce these bulletins is obtained from a variety of sources, including local ski areas and remote weather resources.