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Enjoy the mountains in a safe, controlled environment at Whitewater Ski Resort. Within the area boundary, Kirk Jensen and his professionally trained and certified snow safety crew work hard to ensure that safety comes first. Avalanche control, first aid, public safety and awareness are all part of their day. If you are interested in learning more about Avalanche Awareness, try our one day introductory course. Offered throughout the season, this course starts in the classroom and then moves out onto the mountain where you will learn the basic technique for transceiver use and how to dig and understand a snow pit. No lift ticket is required for this day.
SKI AREA BOUNDARY - NO PATROL
This sign means that you are leaving the ski area boundary and there is no avalanche control or first aid.
If you are going to leave the Whitewater Ski Resort ski area boundary it is advised that you ask yourself these questions:
- Do we have knowledge of Avalanche terrain and phenomena?
- Do we have the necessary rescue and safety equipment and the skills to use them?
- Do we have a competent partner?
- Do we have a map/compass and skills to use it in all weather conditions?
- Did we get a weather forecast? (past and future)
- Are we prepared to do our own rescue?
- Have I talked to locals or the Snow Safety Staff about the area and conditions?
If you cannot answer YES to all seven of these questions you should stay in the ski area boundary!
If you do not have the knowledge or skills to go into the backcountry, it is highly recommended that you should take an Avalanche Course from a certified Avalanche Professional.
*It is important that you look into the certification and experience of the instructor, this will ensure that you are getting quality instruction.
To register for a Whitewater Avalanche Awareness course, contact the Whitewater Office or the Guest Services desk at the mountain. For those who would like a more in-depth course, we also offer a three-day Avalanche Skills Training Course. Recognized by the Canadian Avalanche Association, this course will teach you about snowpack, terrain analysis, stability, safety measures and self rescue in a class room setting. This will then be reinforced in two field sessions.
CLOSED - AVALANCHE AREA
This sign indicates the area is temporarily closed while avalanche control is underway or while avalanche hazards exist. Disobeying this sign will result in suspension of skiing/riding privileges.
CAUTION - AVALANCHE DANGER
This sign means you are entering an open avalanche area inside the ski area boundary. Proceed with caution.
........................................................................."This was my first year living in Nelson and Whitewater delivered more than I could have ever hoped for. I had a chance to tour the powder highway and some of the big mountains BC has to offer and all I wanted to do was come back to WH2O and drop into backside. If you are looking for steep and deep, this is the place to go!" Scott, Nelson BC