Alberta funding bolsters avalanche safety 27273
Cameron Westhead, MLA for Banff-Cochrane, on behalf of Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks, announced in Banff on Thursday, January 26, 2017, that Alberta is partnering with Avalanche Canada on a new $750,000 funding agreement for avalanche safety and education.
The agreement ensures stable funding for Avalanche Canada, which works to keep Albertans safe as they ski, sled and snowshoe in the backcountry. The annual grant provides the not-for-profit organization with $250,000 per year until 2020 and follows a $250,000 grant for this season.
Avalanche Canada creates a “safety net” for a growing sector of winter tourism, including snowmobilers, skiers and other winter backcountry recreationists. In partnership with the province, it provides daily avalanche forecasts, avalanche safety training and focused outreach programs.
Picture shows Gilles Valade, Executive Director, Avalanche Canada demonstrating an inflatable avalanche airbag. (photography by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)