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Covid and Funding Concerns

Covid-19 will have multiple impacts on our operations. In addtion to increased operating costs, we also anticipate a significant reduction of the data stream we depend on to produce avalanche forecasts and other public safety products/services. We are also expecting an increase in backcountry visitation, especially from inexperienced users. 

If that wasn’t enough, the confirmed BC Government funding so far for this coming year is zero dollars. This means we are obligated to start planning for cost-cutting measures. We will be sure to inform our users of any cuts to programs.

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In this issue:
Supporting Our Supporters
Webinar series
Avy Savvy
VSSW 2020
Foundation fundraisers
QR code stickers
Youth programming
Cora Shea scholarship

Supporting Our Supporters

The pandemic has rocked the entire outdoor industry, particularly our sponsors. We are very thankful that many of them are steadfast in their financial support for us during this challenging economic climate and working with us to reach new backcountry users this winter. Please support these businesses who have committed to helping you.

Webinar series

We have shifted all of our outreach online this year because of the pandemic. Our weekly webinar series launches on Wednesday, October 21 at 7 p.m. PST with presentations that will look at the various services available on our website and the Mountain Information Network. The webinars will continue weekly throughout the winter. Subsequent webinars target snowmobilers, ice climbers, backcountry skiers, and people new to the backcountry.

See the full lineup of our weekly webinar series here.

Avy Savvy, our new online avalanche tutorial, is in the final stages of development. We are excited to launch it later this fall. In the meantime, check out this preview for the project by FD Productions.

Foundation Moving Fundraisers Online

Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, the Avalanche Canada Foundation is unable to hold its in-person fundraisers in Calgary and Whistler this fall. We are working on an online silent auction with details to follow shortly. Without the live events, auction donations are more important than ever. Please consider donating items like artwork, gear, or outdoor experiences. Every donation helps. Please contact Michele Dauphinee.

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Stickers for New Backcountry Users

We`ve developed stickers with a QR code that directs people to our Start Here page. We received a big `thumbs-up`for this idea from our partners who are gear retailers and manufacturers. They are already reporting an uptick in new users and appreciated the idea to connect their clients with avalanche safety information quickly and easily. The stickers are now in production and will be distributed to many retailers, gear manufacturers, visitor centres, ski resorts, and more. 

Several members of the AvCan staff were instrumental in putting on the first ever Virtual Snow Science Workshop from Fernie earlier this month. Find out more here. Photo by Jennifer Coulter

Youth Programs Underway

The Avalanche Canada youth program is up and running for the season, with a Covid safety plan in place. There are a variety of options depending on each school’s Covid plans. 

  • In-school presentations that follow our Covid safety plan;
  • outdoor avalanche rescue training;
  • live webinars;
  • basic online training course for teachers to present to students; and
  • online training courses presented by our professional avalanche educators to students.

If you’d like more information, please contact Shannon Werner, youth education coordinator.

We've received a lot of interest in outdoor youth programming this year due to Covid-19. In this photo from 2018, students at Vimy Ridge Academy in Edmonton practice conveyor-method shovelling. Photo by Brittney Dickson

Cora Shea Scholarship Awarded

The Avalanche Canada Foundation is pleased to announce that Gabrielle Antonioli of Bozeman, MT, has received $750 from the Cora Shea Memorial Fund to assist with work towards her Master’s thesis in snow science. Gabrielle says: “Thank you for this opportunity and for supporting female snow researchers like myself! I am very grateful for the assistance towards my education and feel honoured to have received this grant.”

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