North Shore Rescue'S ARCHIVE

  • We often get people commenting – “Oh rescuing another #$^&* out of bounds?”  Only 3% of our calls are actually “out-of-bounds” skiers or snowboarders, the rest are using the backcountry responsibly, but just make a mistake or get injured. So what’s the difference?   Out-of-Bounds No trip planning – planned to ski at the ski hill […]

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  • I’ve been thinking a lot about human factors during considerable avalanche hazard.  There is a reason most accidents occur during this hazard rating: considerable hazard can be hidden from view and it is insidious. As most people are aware, the snowpack in the South Coast Range is currently in a classic considerable hazard scenario: low-probability […]

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  • North Shore Rescue has a pre-plan referred to as our “Code Alpha” Avalanche Response plan. This plan is put into motion when NSR receives a tasking for a known or suspected burial of a person (or persons) in an Avalanche. This pre-plan rapidly brings together professionals with expertise in  avalanche rescue, avalanche forecasting, avalanche control, […]

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  • Imagine an antelope in the Serengeti heading to the watering hole to get some water. At first this antelope is fairly cautious as it knows, there could be dangerous animals around. However, after visiting a few times the antelope has no issues and thinks that this is a safe spot to drink water. Unfortunately we […]

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  • On the afternoon of Sunday Dec 11, NSR was activated to search for two skiers who had gone out of bounds and became lost. Cypress Ski Patrol was able to locate their tracks going into Tony Baker Gully. The skiers initially indicated they were on Black Mountain, on the other side of Cypress Bowl. NSR […]

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