Avalanche Services for Industry

We have experience in a variety of the resource sectors in northwest BC – Forestry, Mining, Oil & Gas, Hydro, Rail, Public Safety, Film.

Worksafe BC Regulations for avalanche safety best practices are now in effect at all work sites in British Columbia. We can assist you from planning to implementation of programs.

Avalanche Consulting

Hyland Backcountry provides the following risk management services:

Avalanche Training for Workers

• Avalanche Risk Assessments

• Avalanche Safety Plans

• ATES Terrain Ratings

Please contact us to discuss your Snow Avalanche Risk for your project

 

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Industrial Avalanche Awareness

Hyland Backcountry developed this course to assist a worker in avalanche terrain for industrial settings such as oil & gas, hydro, mining, or forestry.

This course is for companies who are working on some of the large natural resource projects in the northwest under established Avalanche Safety Plans, and who need employees trained for such.

Students will learn:

  • Basic Avalanche Formation
  • Identifying Avalanche Terrain
  • Understanding a Worksite Avalanche Forecast
  • Worksite Specific Hazards
  • Avalanche Rescue & PPE

All courses are customized & private for your company

Duration: 8 Hours

Dates: Call to schedule

Class Size: TBD w Your Company

Price: Please contact us for quote (Employers will provide students with required avalanche PPE. Rentals are available)

* This course in no way represents or replaces an Avalanche Safety Plan or Avalanche Risk Assessment and does not qualify a worker to make worksite specific avalanche hazard forecasts

 

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Avalanche Awareness for Helicopter Pilots

Hyland Backcountry lead instructor Sean Fraser has over 20 years  flight experience, and well over 1000Hrs of airtime in rotary wing operations throughout western Canada with a variety of AC types. This course was developed to teach pilots the basics of avalanche safety, and to assist them in making better decisions during winter mountain flight operations. The course should be considered for new pilots, or those just completing mountain flight training, or experienced pilots who want to learn more about snow avalanches. It is also appropriate for Chief Pilots, field AME’s, Ops Managers and OHS Reps. Students will learn:

  • Basic Avalanche Formation
  • Identifying Avalanche Terrain
  • Understanding a Worksite Avalanche Forecast
  • Avalanche Hazards Specific to Helicopter Operations
  • Avalanche Rescue & The Role of the Pilot

All courses are customized & private for your company Duration: 4 Hours Dates: Call for availability Class Size: Up to 10 students Cost: Please contact us for a quote. CONTACT US to book a custom group course »

Courses 2020

November

Mountain Weather - Nov 20

Intro to Navigation - Nov 28

December

AST 1 - Dec 2,4,5  ( Full)

AST Companion Rescue - Dec 6

AST 1 - Dec 9,11,12

AST Managing Terrain - Dec 13

Intro to Backcountry Skills - Dec 19-20

Guided Trips

Early Season Powder

Private bookings are available, please contact me for more information.

The Galleon 

This spring classic goes deep into the Babine Mountains Park. Conditions dependent, we will ski one of the classic couloirs visible from town.Trip participants must be very fit, and able to travel a long day of @ 30km & 1800m ascent.

 Dates: Various dates available through March & April

Smithers, BC

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The 7000

The complex alpine tour starts from the ski area, through Big Simpsons Gulch, and down the Kathlyn Face. Participants must be strong and fit skiers. Early starts are required for this tour. This trip is very condition and weather dependent.

 Dates: Various dates available through March & April. Please contact me.

Smithers, BC

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Rocher Deboule Range Spring Traverse

We will fly into the rugged Rocher Deboule Range and ski for 3-4 days. Participants will need to provide their own winter camping equipment, and should have previous experience with spring ski camping. We will ski out to the highway at the end of the trip.

Dates: Various dates through April are available.

Smithers, BC

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Spring Basecamp

There are a variety of options available to us near Smithers or travel to the big mountains near Stewart, BC. If you have a group that is interested in this type of trip, please give me a call to discuss some options.

Dates: Various dates through April are available.

Smithers, BC

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Spring Helicopter Assisted Trips

On occasion, with good weather, we can utilize an aircraft to fly us into a remote, seldom visited area for a day of skiing. The longer, brighter days of spring make this an awesome day in the mountains, and can allow us to access some incredibly rugged, and excellent ski venues - and no slog out at the end of the day.

Dates: Various dates through April are available.

Smithers, BC

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