Forecasts Start November 25
Our first avalanche forecasts of the season are going out on Wednesday, Nov. 25. We ended our forecasting program early last season, due to the pandemic, so we're looking forward to getting back to work. We are expecting an increase in backcountry users this winter and we know how important our forecasts are to help them make smart choices and come home safely.
There will be challenges. The pandemic is affecting backcountry operators and many of them are not operating, which will have a big impact on the datastream we need to produce our forecasts. This winter, our forecasters' field time will be targeted towards areas where data is needed most. And, of course, we will be relying even more on our Mountain Information Network.
We are excited about issuing bilingual forecasts this season, thanks to our new forecasting program, AvID. We're also developing a program to send abbreviated versions of our forecast via satellite messenger system (SMS), which will be great for backcountry users outside cell range. The AvCan app is still a much better resource for smartphone users but for anyone who spends an extended time out of range, SMS is the only option. We'll be launching this new program soon for the North Rockies and the Yukon.