Avalanche Information for Newfoundland:      More NFLD Avi Videos

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Few people know that avalanches have killed more people in Newfoundland than any other type of natural geological hazard. Avalanches have killed over 60 people in this province and injured many others. With more and more people heading into the backcountry , particularly in Western Newfoundland, the concern is that many snowmobilers, ski tourers, or snowshoer may not be aware of the avalanche hazard. In recent years there have been many close calls in the Blow me Down Mountains, the Lewis Hills and in Gros Morne National Park. To make people more aware Keith Nicol of the Environmental Studies Dept is offering Avalanche Skills Training Courses (former RAC courses) through the Canadian Avalanche Assoc. These courses are offered through Environmental Studies 2220 (winter outdoor pursuits) and also as a stand alone 2 day course.  Since 2004 at least 2 AST courses have been offered each year to students, skiers, snowboarders and snowmobilers in Western Newfoundland. These courses have been sponsored the Canadian Avalanche Foundation and by  Backcountry Access Inc. who supplied new Tracker transceivers, probes and shovels and other equipment for participants to use. Anyone wanting more information about these courses can contact me at 709-639-1770 or at knicol@swgc.mun.ca.

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