New tools for backcountry users from the Avalanche Centre

Just in time for winter, the Canadian Avalanche Centre (CAC) is introducing two new tools for recreational backcountry users.

The Avaluator 2.0 is its next generation of entry-level decision guidance tools. It:

  • Offers a rules-based approach to travel in avalanche terrain;
  • Is based on an extensive survey of Canadian avalanche professionals; and
  • Incorporates terrain and snow observations.

The CAC Fieldbook is for backcountry users ready to learn more advanced risk management skills. It:

  • Is modeled on professional-level methods;
  • Provides a systematic approach to avalanche risk management; and
  • Guides users to take advantage of all the information available to them.

Both tools are the result of a three-year project funded by the National Search and Rescue Secretariat’s (NSS) New Initiatives Fund. “Avalanche safety is a complex problem,” CAC Executive Director Ian Tomm said in a statement. “The best of our Canadian expertise went into these new tools and we are excited to get them into the hands of users.”

The CAC is a non-profit, non-government agency dedicated to public avalanche safety. Incorporated in 2004, the CAC is funded and supported by a collaboration of federal, provincial and private sector agencies involved in avalanche safety.

For more information about the Canadian Avalanche Centre please visit its website at