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Read about snowmobiling safety tips, and avalanche safety courses and classes.

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A group of AST students digging a snow pit.
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Are you out there to avoid terrain or enjoy terrain?

Maybe it’s time to take your avalanche skills training up a notch.

by Lori and Randy Zacaruk
Three avalanche rescuers demonstrating the proper shovelling technique.
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5 avalanche shovelling techniques to save blood, sweat and tears

Prepare yourself for an avalanche rescue situation by considering these goals, challenges and opportunities.

by Lori and Randy Zacaruk
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Networking with avalanche professionals

Avy professionals meet on a regular basis to share ideas and find ways to spread information to the rest of the winter sports world.

by Lori and Randy Zacaruk
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CAC Observer Network: you can be part of the solution

An upgrade to the Avalanche Bulletin app allows users to submit and share observations in the field.

by Lori and Randy Zacaruk
Stop your group periodically to look around for signs of recent avalanches and to get a wide-angle view of the area. Slopes and traps are sometimes more dramatic at a distance. Slopes tend to appear
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What to do when avalanche hazards are high

Avalanche experts Lori and Randy Zacaruk share some tips on what to do when the avalanche hazards are high.

by Lori and Randy Zacaruk
Looking at a slope that has avalanched.
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A close call with an avalanche

What avalanche safety instructors Lori and Randy Zacaruk of Zac's Tracs learned from their recent close call with a slide in B.C.'s Elk Valley.

by Lori and Randy Zacaruk
A group of children in a gym with their hands up.
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Safety tips for young riders

The Alberta Snowmobile Association reaches out to a new generation of snowmobilers with its Safe Riders! Ride With Respect program.

by Lori and Randy Zacaruk
A slope with snow but rocks and trees are exposed.
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Early-season snowpack reminders

It’s important not to let your guard down early in the snowmobiling season.

by Lori and Randy Zacaruk
Avalanche probes.
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Choosing an avalanche probe for snowmobiling

It’s important to consider the length, material and assembly when selecting an avalanche probe for sledding in the mountains.

by Lori and Randy Zacaruk
A photo of a person holding the danger rating card.
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Interpreting public avalanche bulletins

Tips to understand one of the most important and underutilized avalanche safety tools.

by Zac’s Tracs, Lori & Randy Zacaruk
Photo of a snow cave.
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Do you really need all that stuff?

One thing that many riders have overlooked is their preparedness for backcountry emergencies, such as injuries or an overnight stay.

by Lori and Randy Zacaruk
A Quonset hut with snow on it
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An avalanche lesson from the Prairies

What we can learn about avalanche behaviour by looking at snow on a Quonset

by Lori and Randy Zacaruk
A man in a grey toque carrying some slabs of snow.
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Lessons to be learned in the hood and in the wood

Avalanche safety instructor Lori Zacaruk compares mountain snowpack to the relationships in your neighbourhood.

by Lori and Randy Zacaruk
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Cold weather tips from the experts

Dress for winter weather

by Lori Zacaru
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Complimentary online training opportunity

Five things every snowmobiler should do before heading into avalanche terrain

by Lori Zacaruk