Revelstoke invites neighbouring communities to join them at their Backcountry Workshop

The Canadian Avalanche Centre (CAC) is making sure that backcountry enthusiast have the knowledge they need to stay safe.

The Canadian Avalanche Centre (CAC) is making sure that backcountry enthusiast have the knowledge they need to stay safe.

The CAC is hosting a Backcountry Workshop in Revelstoke on Nov. 10 at the new Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre. The workshop is aimed at winter backcountry users of all types, and promises to be a day of sharing knowledge and experience.

“We’re very excited to be holding an event of this size in our home town,” said Karl Klassen, acting executive director of the CAC, which is based out of Revelstoke.

“Our lineup of speakers was chosen for both relevance and the quality of communication. They all have important messages and they’ll be delivering those messages in ways that are both entertaining and thought-provoking.”

Along with a great list of speakers, there will be videos, draw prizes and lots of opportunity for questions and one-on-one chats with avalanche forecasters, researchers, search and rescue specialists, and other experts in the field.

The CAC is responsible for providing the nation with avalanche safety programming, public avalanche safety warnings, delivering public avalanche awareness and education, providing avalanche training for non-professional winter recreation, and well as serving as a media contact.

“We’d especially like to thank the sponsors of this event – the Columbia Basin Trust and the Revelstoke Credit Union,” said Klassen. “With their help, we’ve been able to keep this opportunity affordable, especially for students. We’re hoping for a great turnout from the backcountry sledders and skiers in our community neighbouring towns.”

The Backcountry Workshop is on Saturday Nov. 10 at the arts centre on 1120 Vernon Ave., Revelstoke. Tickets are $20 at the door, $15 with a food bank donation (18 and under are free), and runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.