Thursday, 19 January 2012

Avalanche Awareness Day - Corner Brook, Newfoundland - January 21, 2012

by Keith and Heather Nicol

Signing up for an avalanche course at Marble Mtn
       Newfoundland's only Avalanche Awareness Day will be held on Saturday, January 21,2012  at Marble Mountain and the Blow Me Down cross country ski club in Corner Brook.  Avalanche awareness days are held across Canada in the third week of January to raise awareness of avalanches and snow safety for skiers, snowboarders and snowmobilers. This is the second time this event has been held in Corner Brook and there will be an information  table set up at Marble Mountain in the lobby area on Saturday morning and at in the lodge at the Blow Me Down cross country ski club in the afternoon. The event is free and are all welcome to drop by and check out the basic equipment for avalanche safety  and well as take part in a draw for a free avalanche book. The event is sponsored by the Canadian Avalanche Foundation. Contact Keith Nicol for more information at or 639-1770.      
Some young participants at BMD Ski Club

       There have already been reports of avalanches and cornice failures in the Lewis Hills and Gros Morne Park so far this winter. My web site at: shows photos and comments from these avalanche reports. This page also links to other videos and information on avalanches in Western Newfoundland. If your group would like a 1 hour free avalanche talk then contact Keith Nicol at So far in 2012 I have presented talks to the Deer Lake SAR (Search and Rescue) group in early January,2012  and the Stephenville SAR group has requested a presentation in early February, 2012.These presentations are sponsored by the Canadian Avalanche Foundation. Below is video of last year's First Ever Avalanche Awareness Day in Newfoundland.

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