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Safety & Risk Awareness

Whitewater Ski Resort is committed to the safety and well being of everyone using the resort. We work hard to maintain a safe skiing and riding environment for all guests. For more information on ski area safety, we encourage you to visit skisafety.ca

Off-Season Policy and Backcountry Access

Whitewater Backcountry and Touring Policies

General Resort Safety

Avalanche Awareness & Safety

You can find a link to the Avalanche Canada Hazard Map below, as well as our avalanche-related safety signage. Please check our Avalanche Closure Boards at the top of the Raven and Summit chairlifts and if there is an avalanche closure sign at any point along a rope line, do not duck it to enter that terrain. Violators will have skiing/riding privileges suspended. When in doubt, please ask Ski Patrol or our Forecasting team about the AvCan hazard or closed terrain that day.

A friendly reminder that even if we're not actively blasting in an area, it may still remain closed due to the avalanche hazard.

Avalanche Canada Hazard Map

Backcountry Safety

The backcountry surrounding Whitewater Ski Resort is a place for adventure, peace, and above all - RESPECT. Before venturing beyond the ski area boundaries, we strongly recommend all skiers and snowboarders be equipped with a transceiver, probe, and shovel, and be educated in backcountry knowledge and up-to-date avalanche conditions. Take the time to practice your transceiver knowledge at Whitewater's Transceiver Training Park located just steps away from the Day Lodge.

Be aware that man-made and natural hazards exist. These include tree wells, stumps, cliff bands, rocks, trails, and roadways.

Terrain beyond the ski area boundary is not patrolled. If you require a rescue beyond the ski area boundary you will be responsible for the bill. If you do not have the knowledge or skills to go into the backcountry before heading out, it is highly recommended that you take an Avalanche Course from a certified professional.

Note that if you are planning on heading into the backcountry and would like to leave your vehicle parked overnight, please park in Lot 3 at the Hummingbird Lodge. Please report your trip plan, vehicle description, and license plate to our mountain Dispatch. Email dispatch@skiwhitewater.com or phone (250) 354-4944 ext. 136.

BCA Transceiver Training Park

Thanks to our sponsors, Backcountry Access and Fortis BC, Whitewater Ski Resort is able to offer a transceiver training ground to enable backcountry enthusiasts, from beginners to advanced, an opportunity to practice simple single transceiver searches or a multiple transceiver search with up to 8 transceivers.  The transceiver park is located between Lot 2 and Lot 5 in the meadow area.  If you are interested in practicing your transceiver searching, sign in at the guest services desk. This service is offered free of charge, however, we encourage users to make a donation towards the AABBS (Avalanche Awareness Beyond the Boundary Society)

Tree Well Safety

Tree Well Safety

Here is a website that is very informative with regards to tree well safety and accident prevention around tree wells: http://www.deepsnowsafety.org/. Please read the website with care as this information applies to all of our tree skiing terrain inbounds.

Ski Area Boundary

This sign indicates the end of the patrolled area at Whitewater Ski Resort. Terrain beyond this boundary is not avalanche controlled or patrolled and it is strongly recommended to not go beyond the boundary.

Avalanche Danger

This sign is used for the permanent or temporary closure of areas within the ski area. Avalanche Closures keep guests and employees out of areas while active avalanche control is taking place. This sign is also used to keep people safe and out of areas when the avalanche hazard is too high to allow for safe access. If a guest is caught venturing into the Avalanche Closure areas, lift access privileges will be revoked.


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