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The Red Mountain Racers are hosting a K-level downhill race this weekend, but it isn’t in Rossland. The kinder level race was supposed to be held in Rossland, but had to be moved to Invermere because of the conditions at Red two weeks ago. Christine Andison said the move was a necessity, though one they would rather have avoided, as two

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weeks ago Red didn’t have the snow to support 50plus racers. “It’s been moved over to Panorama,� Andison said. “We had to make that call two weeks ago. There is a minimum two week time frame for that so we are running them there.� She said it was a big disappointment for both the families and racers, especially since Red is now at a point where they probably could have gone forward with it. “But with the snow being a little late to come we

had to make that call early and that was that,� she said. “But certainly it’s a lot more fun to host a race in your hometown as opposed to hosting it in someone else’s. It’s definitely a lot more work, there’s no question about that.� To pull off an International Ski Federation (FIS) race for example, like the one they will be hosting at the end of February, requires about 120 volunteers a day. For the K-Level race they require about 50 volunteers. “So it’s a question of ensuring that you have those

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4/084)0& 50634 Free snowshoe tours with the Rossland Snowshoe Hosts. Dogfriendly. Please call in advance if you would like to come as they go somewhere different all of the time. Need Snowshoes. Karen Thatcher 362-7207

16/,30$,#*/(0 Runs every Thursday from 9 p.m. - 1 a.m. at the Flying Steam-

shovel. All proceeds go to the Rossland Family Relief Fund, aiding local families in need. 250-362-7323

"7"-"/$)&"8"3&/&44%": Saturday Jan. 14, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. hosted by Rossland and

District Search and Rescue. At Red Mountain Resort, meet outside base lodge. Free event includes hands-on transceiver, probe and other clinics, poster competition for kids and prizes. Dress for weather. If access to chair is required, lift ticket must be purchased.

3044-"/%3"%*0$001 Open meetings will now take place every third Monday of

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enced freestylers will come out at Red Mountain Resort’s to claim the Canadian Freestyling Championship titles. More info at: +0&)*--$0''&&)064& Each month on the third Sunday from 7-9:30 pm., the Ross-

land Miner’s Hall hosts performers - music, dance, spoken word, theatre. Interested volunteers and performers may contact Michael Gifford at 250-362-7170 or Adults $3, students free. Treats available. Doors open at 6. Next show is Jan. 15. -&440/4 "5 -00-64 -045 4)&&1 Sit n’ Knit, Thursdays 1:30 - 3:30 pm! Bring your projects and questions and get help from an expert knitter, all for a $2 donation (all proceeds to local charity) Call 362-5383.

.05)&3(004& Rhymes, songs, finger plays and stories, 10:30-11:30 am, Thursdays at MacLean StrongStart Center. Free, drop-in, for caregivers and young children.

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10:45 am and Books for Babies (under 3) 11:00-11:30 am. Drop-in. A parent or guardian must remain in the program room for the duration.

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waxing clinics. Proceeds go to skier development at BlackJack Ski Club. Located at 2020 Washington Street Kootenay Nordic Sports. Times are always at 7pm on Wednesdays. Jan 4 and Jan 25. 250-362-7071

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Nordic Sports, Better Life Fitness, Rossland Chamber of Commerce, Rossland City Hall. Also via

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at the Cominco Memorial Centre. Brass and woodwind players welcomed. For more info, contact Andrea McKay, 362-7604.

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and will include a parade, bobsled race and kids’ carnival. Join in on celebrating a Rossland tradition and paying homage to winter mountain culture.

065%0034,"5*/( Every day at the Third Avenue outdoor skating rink.

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3&%.06/5"*/3"$&34&7&/5 Approximately 80 racers will be going to the K Level

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4$065*/( For boys and girls, now at the Rossland Scout Hall. Beavers (ages

5,6,7) Wed. 6-7pm. Cubs (ages 8,9,10) Thu. 4-5:30pm. Contact Shanna Tanabe: 362-0063. :$%$ :065) /*()54 Free drop-in, 1504 Cedar Ave, Trail. Call 364-3322 or contact Art Night: Tue. 7pm; Movie Night: Wed. 6-8pm.

30:"-$"/"%*"/-&(*0/#33044-"/% General Meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. on the third Wed. of every month. All members of Branch #14 are asked to attend. 305"3:$-6#0'3044-"/% Weekly meetings at the Rock Cut Pub, Mon., 6-8pm. All welcome! Contact John Sullivan, 362-5278.

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Avalanche danger around Rossland considerable ARNE PETRYSHEN Rossland New Editor

Avalanche conditions in the backcountry are currently tricky according to the Canadian Avalanche Centre. Cam Campbell, avalanche forecaster, said that though they’re not expecting huge storms to roll over the region in the next few days, people triggering avalanches are quite possible with the conditions in the area. “There’s a buried persistent weakness that is certainly susceptible to human triggers,” Campbell said, adding that it can be positioned on slopes where the danger might not be as obvious as it could be. Campbell attributes the danger to a surface hoar frost layer that formed during the early December drought. That layer is now buried between 30 to 80 cm under snow, though he said it would be a little bit shallower around Rossland. That frost layer, buried beneath a cohesive slab of snow on top of it, is pretty sensitive to human triggers. “It’s the type of weakness that tends to remain touchy for extended periods,” he said.

Currently the danger rating is at considerable and it will probably remain there for the foreseeable future. He expects it to begin to cool down today and Friday, which could help lock things up for the time being. But he said there are definitely dangerous avalanche conditions throughout the forecast period. Campbell was just finishing the bulletin on Tuesday and said a number of avalanches were triggered remotely by skiers on Monday. “There were people triggering avalanches from safe areas on ridge crests that run on the adjacent slopes,” he said. “It’s a sign that this weakness is quite sensitive and the ability to propagate fractures over large areas is very characteristic of this type of slab problem.” Campbell said careful snowpack evaluation, cautious route-finding and conservative decision making are essential for safe travel. The likelihood of triggering an avalanche is high if you’re in the wrong spot at the wrong time, which is characteristic of most of the Interior ranges at the moment. “The coastal areas are getting hammered with a pretty good storm right now and so they’re into high danger at the moment and probably will be for the next little while,” he said. “They’re seeing some pretty big natural avalanches running.”

Speed Contrary to an Area Sign As a knowledgeable driver you are aware of the three blanket speed limits that cover the whole province of British Columbia. These limits are 80 km/h outside a municipality, 50 km/h in a municipality and 20 km/h on a municipal lane. There is one more method of setting a smaller blanket speed zone and that is through the use of an area sign. Area signs may set a blanket speed limit of 60 km/h or less and provide for exceptions through the words “unless otherwise posted” shown on the sign. These smaller blanket zones are advertised in the British Columbia Gazette published by the Queen’s Printer. Unfortunately, on line access to the Gazette only comes at a price. If you are curious about the extend of an area zone, the easiest free access to the Gazette is at your local library. As with any speed sign, you are expected to be traveling at the posted limit as you pass it. Should you encounter an exception by passing a sign with a higher limit, be prepared to slow back to the area limit if you turn onto another highway and don’t see a sign telling you that you may do otherwise or you know that you have left the boundaries of the blanket area. Violations of area speed zone limits carry the same penalty as all other speeding offences. The author is a retired constable with may years of experience in traffic law enforcement. To comment or learn more, please visit

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Fred Lewis, who has worked at Red Mountain Resort for 11 years, helps some skiers onto the Red Chair. While Red Mountain Resort is still waiting on a bit more snow, the runs on the hill will fully open this week.

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Red Mountain Resort was recently rated one of the top 10 ski resorts in the world by the Toronto Sun. The resort, located in Rossland, was also noted by the publication as among the best in

North America for advanced skiers. The ski hill is the oldest in Western Canada according to Red. Red has also recently received recognition from some other notable sources. SBC Skier magazine named Red one of its top five freeride spots in their 2011/12 Resort Guide. Ski Canada magazine named Red’s extensive

terrain last month as the best place to get lost. “Skiing Powderfields...means never taking the same line, but never leaving the trail map,” the magazine said. Ski Canada called the resort’s “side-country” terrain the ‘Best New Playground:’ The magazine was impressed with the more than 120 hectares of off-piste terrain on nearby Grey Mountain.

Ski Canada named Rossland the Best Ski Bum Town this year. Rossland is home to the original ski bum, Olaus Jeldness, and will be celebrating 115 years of skiing—and living to ski at this year’s Rossland Winter Carnival. Ski Canada also recognized Red with Best New Day Lodge honours, saying that the longawaited renovation to the original base lodge is finally finished and is getting good reviews.

Change of venues for Red Mountain Racers Continued from P. 1 people with those skill sets in place in order to make those events successful,” she said. “Then several days in advance there’s a lot of on-hill prep that has to occur as well.” A number of race families headed over to Panorama late last night or bright and early this morning to do two days of prep work there prior to the races on Saturday and Sunday. Andison said Red does have some features ski racer families enjoy on the race circuit, including the best vantage point for parents, since they can have two races going on at the same time on Face and Back Trail. “For parents who have both a female and a male racer, they can actually watch from the lodge both of their racers coming down the courses simultaneously,” she said. “That’s just unheard of. Other resorts, you’re inevitably taking one or two lifts just to get to the race course and if you don’t ski, you’re not going to see your kids race.” She said it’s a venue that a lot of the families look forward to coming to.

“It’s certainly a disappointment for all of the race families from our Kootenay area that this race will be taking place in Panorama instead of Red,” she added. Their next big event will be the FIS races that Red Mountain Racers will host in February. “The FIS races are really big. We’ll have somewhere between 220 and 240 athletes here and of course all of the support staff,” Andison said. “It usually means an influx of about 600 people coming to town for a five day period. So it’s a big race for sure. It will include all of the big B.C. and Alberta teams and some of the States athletes as well.” The FIS is the level just under the national team. “The next step is they’re on the national team and they’re competing in the Olympics,” she said. “So it’s high-level racing.” The FIS racers are mostly around 16 to 18 year olds, with some older. “It’s certainly our biggest race and any of the FIS races hosted anywhere in Canada are always quite large events and bring athletes from a long ways away,” she said. “Last year we had athletes from France. They really do come from quite a distance.”

The Red Mountain Racers will have to host this weekend’s K-level race at Panorama this year, rather than at Red Mountain Resort.

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Shop Local campaign winner Jessica Poulin, a Rossland local who lives and works here, was thrilled to learn she was the winner of $750 worth of local dollars from the Rossland News shop local campaign. She received the news on Dec. 22, just in time for Christmas. She has been shopping locally in Rossland this season and participating with local business’s, spreading the cheer and bringing in the New Year with a smile. Business’s that were supporters of the campaign were Bear Country Kitchen, Better Life Fitness, Butch Boutry Ski Shop, Fas Gas, Feather your nest, Flying Steamshovel, Kootenay Natural Pets, Kootenay Nordic Sports, Mainstage Gallery, Powderhound, The Red Pair Shoestore, Revolution Cycles, Rossland Hardware and Rossvegas.

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Rossland doctor recounts overseas experiences ARNE PETRYSHEN Rossland News Editor

Rossland orthopedic surgeon Steve McVicar was recently awarded the General Service Medal for Southwest Asia. The medal is for McVicar’s significant contribution while he was deployed in Afghanistan in 2007 and 2010. McVicar said he first decided to go when, in 2006, he read in a medical journal that Canadian Forces surgeons were getting burned out since the war in Afghanistan was stretching on longer than originally planned. “There were only four or five of them and they might need help,” McVicar said. “So I called the Department of National Defence up and said I’m a former Navy officer and I’d be happy to help out.” McVicar is an orthopedic surgeon with an interest in trauma. He said he didn’t think they would get back to him, but then shortly after he got the call. Within four months he was in Afghanistan. “So I was one of the first civilian surgeons to go into Afghanistan,” he said, referring to his first stint in the spring of 2007. “Then when I came back (to Canada) they asked if I wouldn’t mind going again. That ended up being July-August and that was under the (American) occupancy.” At that time, the United States army was running the hospital so he worked with them. He said he was a sort of Canadian surgeon representative for the Canadian

Army working under the U.S. Army in Kandahar. “And that was it. I was the last civilian surgeon to go back and now Canada is out of the war,” he said. “So I won’t be going back.” McVicar said it could be traumatic at times. “In 2007 there were a lot of civilian causalities, a lot of pediatric casualties. I don’t know why,” he said. “The war was quite intense. There were a lot of battles going on. We ended up seeing a large number of Afghan civilians and kids. That was quite hard.” He said they did a lot of amputations and there was a lot of death. Then when he went back with the American army in 2010, it was mostly American soldiers being killed. He said the one major difference was the severity of the injuries from 2007 to 2010. “The injuries in 2010 were the worst that I’d ever seen. I don’t know if the land mines were bigger or what, but in 2007, if somebody was injured by a land mine, from the knee below would be off. “When I went back in 2010 it was both legs and an arm off. The legs would be off right at the hip. So the death rate was quite high. It was a lot of young American soldiers getting killed.” McVicar said if somebody comes in with those kinds of injuries there are things they can do to save them. “Basically you stop the bleeding, you get more blood to them, you try to resuscitate them. The statistics show that if you

came in to the emergency department at the Kandahar airfield and you were still alive, the chance of staying alive was 97, 98 per cent. We had a really good team there.” He said a lot of Afghan kids came in and they did CPR on them, but they were already dead. The resuscitations weren’t successful, since there was just no blood in their circulatory systems. To him it seemed like the battle had become more intense between the Taliban and the U.S. McVicar said that according to American statistics, the war was more intense than anything they experienced in Iraq and compared the casualty rate to Vietnam standards. He said any surgeon, after two months, begins to burn out and it’s time to go home and take a break. “I guess it’s the death that was hard to deal with, day-after-day. You have to kind of keep your head straight about you. You have to operate with your head, not your heart, that’s for sure.” One of the most difficult things was seeing the grief Afghan civilians went through. A family would come in and two of their sons would be dead. “They would still thank you for trying to save them and doing the best you can. That’s what I found hard,” he said. “I mean these people live in a tent with two goats and a donkey and that’s it. They’re very malnourished and not very clean. It was hard seeing that, the grief that people go through.”

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Setting up the New Year for success

It’s that time of year where most people are setting their sights on that distant goal on the horizon - a far away dream called the New Year’s resolution. The goals, which usually include quitting a habit, getting into shape or spending more frugally, are set upon us by an all-encompassing guilt that comes from the last year of leaving the troubles and sweat, that would go into the resolution, behind. The problem with the New Year’s resolution is that there is always another year to put it off and so as soon as a mistep is taken on that perfect plan - a pound is gained instead of lost or a credit card once again reaches its limit - the game is off and the reset will have to wait until next year. For those who don’t have this happen, there is probably no need for New Year’s resolutions, but for those who do, a different way to look at things is always a healthy option. There is the slow aproach. For many, a gradual change will last a lot longer and be more rewarding than a sudden one. It is often easier to move back into the old ways when you make a quick change. So, like planting a garden, the change will eventually come and the rewards will be there down the road. The important thing is to keep working at it, since it won’t happen overnight. That approach will work with a large goal, but if you would rather start with a few small goals, than a quick change might come easier. Drinking one less beer or eating salad instead of fries might just do the trick without making your image unrecognizable to yourself in the mirror. And, of course, if all that fails, there’s always next year. We want to hear from you.

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Recreation schedule for January

Welcome to the first recreation department update for 2012! We try to update the community about all things recreation, education and community – so if you have an event coming up that you’d like us to highlight in our weekly column, please contact our office at recreation@ There’s a supplementary winter brochure that the recreation department put out in December – there’s lots of new programs starting in January – including Hip Hop, a computers course, children’s art classes, and a new set of gymnastics classes. Call or email the recreation department to register. Public Skating for the week is Wednesday, Jan. 4 from 6:30-7:45 p.m.; Friday Jan. 6, from 5-6:30 p.m.; Sunday Jan. 8, from 2:30-4 p.m. and again from 6-7:30 p.m. If you can’t get enough skating and want more than we’ve scheduled, enjoy the outdoor rink, located on Third Avenue, between Spokane Street and Washington Street. The public works department has installed a fire pit and benches - bring some wood to build a fire and enjoy our beautiful outdoor ice rink! Red Mountain also has an outdoor skating rink to enjoy – look for it to the left of the road that goes up to the maintenance department. Computers for the Rest of Us, starts Jan. 17 and runs until March 6. This class is on Tuesdays, in the MacLean Elementary School computer lab. The class introduces the Mac computer to relative beginners and includes a wide range of topics, including; Word, email, iPhoto, communicating ideas and accessing information. Hip Hop and Jazz starts on Tuesday, Jan. 24 with different times for kids 6-8 years, 9-11 years and 12 and up. Adults are on Wednesdays at 7 p.m., starting Jan. 25. This is a fast paced, energetic class with an emphasis on having fun and feeling good. Art Classes start next week, with a great selection of interesting and challenging classes for kids. The preschool art class’s theme is “under the sea” and children will enjoy drawing, tracing, painting and sculpting using a wide variety of materials. All the projects are based around creatures found “under the sea.” For older kids between the ages of 8-12 years, the course focusses

on drawing and painting. The first part of the course focusses on improving sketching, techniques, looking at perspective, proportion and shading. Students will work with artists pencils, charcoal and pastels. The second part of the course focusses on transferring drawing techniques over to painting with watercolour and acrylic paints. This class runs on Wednesdays, from 5-6 p.m. and starts on Jan. 11. Senior’s Duffer Hockey on Tuesday mornings runs from 9:30-10:45 a.m. each week. This is a great program for enthusiastic seniors who would like to learn how to play hockey or already know and want to get out and play. Betty Go Hard is running a Junior Betty’s Snowshoe and Hot Chocolate series for girls ages 8-13 years that starts Friday, Jan. 27 at 6:30 p.m. This course runs for three consecutive weeks and has the girls exploring local trails and having fun in the snow. Each evening ends with a gourmet hot chocolate. Co-ed Rec Hockey resumes this week, with regularly scheduled times on Tuesday from 9:45-11 p.m., Saturday from 9:15-10:30 p.m. and Sunday from 9:15-10:30 p.m. The cost is $10 for drop in and players must have full safety equipment. If you enjoy backcountry and cross-country skiing at the Nancy Greene summit, stop by the recreation department to pick up a topographic map of the area, complete with locations of all the cabins. The Little Gretzky’s Hockey program is a great introductory skating and hockey program for preschoolers. If your little person is just learning how to skate, hold a stick and chase a puck, this is a great way to learn basic skills and enjoy socializing with other families. Skaters need a full face hockey mask, neck guard, skates, good mitts or gloves and a hockey stick. Parents are encouraged to come out on the ice and will also need a full face hockey helmet and skates. Drop-ins are welcome at $10 per family. The rec department will begin working on the spring brochure in the next week. If you’d like to run a program, give us a call or drop by. The deadline for submitting a program description is Friday, Feb. 10. A7

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Emma Hust was wondering what she had gotten into Sunday morning on New Year’s Day. As she rode in the car towards Gyro Park in Trail, the 16-year-old exchange student from Denmark was in disbelief of what was to take place. Hurst had agreed to partake in one of the most Canadian traditions around, the polar bear dip, a full-body plunge into icy water to ring in the New Year. A New Year’s Day tradition in Trail for 25 years — and across the country since 1920 — polar bear dips are a uniquely Canadian endeavour, one that tests the mettle of the most hardened Canuck, let alone an unassuming teenager from Aabenaraa, Den., and her 18-year-old best friend, Angela Thomas, from Frankfurt, Germany. The two young ladies had acted on a suggestion by Steve Cutt, Hust’s billet in Ross-

land where she attended Rossland Secondary School for one year. Cutt had suggested the polar bear dip to her, revealing it was a tradition of his family for the last six years. But when the moment of truth came Sunday as Hust and Thomas lined up alongside Cutt, his family and 140 other polar bear dippers, she couldn’t get the ordeal over with fast enough. She lasted a few seconds in the water, enough for her and Thomas to dunk their heads and spring for the shore where a bonfire awaited. “I can’t believe I’m doing this,� she said at the time. “When I stood at the edge of the water I didn’t think at all, I just went out and in and came back.� “I was sure I was going to freeze after,� said Thomas recalled. “It’s only cold if you are in there for a few minutes, but then, after a few minutes you are near the fire (so it’s good),� said Cutt. The Trail dip started 24 years ago when

seven members of the 44 Engineer Squadron decided to jump into the river. The nation’s oldest club in Vancouver has been active since 1920 and typically has 1,000 to 2,000 registered participants, with a record 2,128 registrants plunging into English Bay in 2000. Not all Canadian dips take place in January. In Yellowknife, NWT, the Freezin for a Reason plunge is held in March after the spring thaw. Although emergency service workers were on site, and the Trail fire department on the river in a rescue boat, their services were not needed. After the swim, dippers gathered around the bonfire blazing on the beach, and hot chocolate was served while a pile of prizes was drawn. Every registrant was given a free pass for a swim in a much warmer body of water than the Columbia River and a relaxing dip in a hot tub courtesy of the Trail Parks and Recreation Aquatic Centre.

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Pet Of The Week Cosmo, a 6 year old short haired neutered brown tabby came to the shelter as a stray from the Castlegar area. Cosmo is always ready to greet you in the morning and loves to be around people. I think Cosmo would be a great house cat with a family or a lone person; he just loves attention from anyone. If Cosmo sounds like a cat you could love, come to the Trail BCSPCA and meet him! You can also contact the shelter by phone at 250-368-5910 or by email at


Jan. 14 is Avalanche Awareness Day. The event will be put on by Rossland and District Search and Rescue and offers a refresher in avalanche safety. Above, participants practice using a probe at a past event. Below, some kids take a break under the snow. Submitted photos

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Avalanche Awareness Day is planned for Saturday, January 14, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., outside the Base Lodge at Red Mountain Resort. This free event, hosted by Rossland & District Search and Rescue, offers hands-on avalanche safety gear clinics, poster competition for kids, demonstrations, races, and prizes. Those interested should dress for the weather and wear warm boots. If access to the chair is required, lift tickets must be purchased. “While not a substitute for a full-on Avalanche Skills Training class, this is a great introduction for back country travelers who

are interested in learning about avalanche safety,” says Ross Breakwell, Training Coordinator for Rossland & District Search and Rescue (RSAR.) “We’ll have transceivers, probes and shovels

for people to use.” Those who have had previous avalanche training are also invited. “It is a good opportunity for experienced people to review and actually practice using their own gear,” Breakwell added. Clinics on building emergency snow shelters and digging snow pits will be offered, and there will be team competitions and giveaways in the afternoon. All clinics will be within walking distance of the base lodge. “Anyone who plays in the winter Kootenay backcountry should be trained in avalanche hazard recognition, safe travel, and rescue gear,” said Dave Braithwaite, president of RSAR. “Avalanche Awareness Day is a

great introduction and review. We encourage all backcountry skiers, snowshoers, snowboarders, and snowmobilers to take a full avalanche course through an organization like the Canadian

Avalanche Association.” Participants may sign up for Avalanche Awareness Day at the RSAR trailer between 8:45 and 9:15 a.m. in order to attend the first clinics that begin at 9:20 a.m. Registration will continue throughout the day for later sessions. Participants must be fully registered before attending any clinic, and may come for the entire day, or just part of the day. Session 1 – 9:20 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. (Sign up for one of the three clinics) Clinic 1: Using Avalanche Transceivers Clinic 2: Probe Lines Clinic 3: Building a Hasty Snow shelter Session 2 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Sign up for one of the three clinics) Clinic 1: Using Avalanche Transceivers Clinic 2: Probe Lines Clinic 3: Can You Hear Me Now? Check your personal avalanche transceiver Lunch 12:30 Session 3 – 12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. (bring your lunch) Demonstration: Dig It. How to dig a snow pit and what the snow layers mean to you Session 4 – 1:45 – 3 p.m. * Putting it all together: Team races to find buried “skiers,” probe for buried “adventurers;” and more. * Kid’s Avalanche Awareness Poster Contest at the RSAR trailer parked at the base lodge, 2:30 – 3 p.m. Backcountry travelers who are considering taking a full avalanche course may learn more at the Canadian Avalanche Association website, www.avalanche. ca.

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115th Rossland Winter Carnival 2012 January 27th-29th

The local ski hill was full of activity for the last eve of the year, scores of locals and visitors alike showed up for the events happening at the base of Red. Night skiing on the T-Bar and the Magic Carpet were open to ski under the stars, a tobogganing hill, ice rink complete with marshmallows to roast around the fire, food, drinks and music were available in the lodge. The evening went off with a blast of fireworks pictured here just above the snow school cabin with many onlookers to ring in the New Year. Thanks to Red and all the volunteers for putting on such a great family fun night enjoyed by all.



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