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Bulletin Starting Soon. In the meantime the date for the Party for the bulletin has been set!

November 24, 2015 at 02:30PM

The date for the 8th Annual Party for the Bulletin has been announced for this winter! It's Saturday 23 January and it's going to be a blast as usual.

The formula is pretty simple: you turn up at the Riding Fool Hostel on Saturday 23 January, 2016. You enjoy some fine brew supplied by our friends at Cumberland Brewing. You dance to the awesome live tunes of "She Could be Trouble". You go and bid on an array of silent auction items that make snow lovers drool (think, skis, transceivers, outdoor clothing etc. etc.) 

And while you enjoy all this fine snow related hedonism you are actually being the ultimate altruist as you are supporting the islands very own Vancouver Island Avalanche Bulletin.

This event always sells out so get your tickets early. On line sales have already begun. Get your tickets HERE. Tickets will also be on sale at Ski Tak Hut in Courtenay and at Tarbell's Deli in Cumberland.

Seasonal Forecast

September 25, 2015 at 10:17AM

With summer turning to fall no doubt many of our readers are wondering about the seasons ahead and seeing various seasonal forecasts appear. In the lead up to winter we thought you might find a blog by one of our Vancouver Island Avalanche Bulletin forecasters of interest:

Seasonal Forecast Blog

We'll be starting up our bulletins for the 2015/2016 winter as soon as there is enough snow to cause avalanche hazard. Watch this space.

End of the Season for the Island Avalanche Bulletin

April 21, 2015 at 09:12AM

We have reached the end of the forecasting season for the Vancouver Island Avalanche Bulletin.

Though we will no longer be issuing danger ratings and forecasts for this season there is still very real potential for avalanche risk out there. Avalanche Canada has put together an excellent resource that outlines the most likely spring scenarios and how you can manage them. Please visit to get this information.

Thanks to all of our supporters for this season. If you find the Island Avalanche Bulletin useful please look at our sponsors page and support these generous businesses and organizations.

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Important Notice

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.