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For Immediate Release
Date: May 2, 2013
Yukon Avalanche Association to continue avalanche forecasting in Winter 2014
WHITEHORSE – The Yukon Avalanche Association (YAA)
The Yukon Avalanche Association is very pleased to announce that it has received funding to continue its Yukon Avalanche Forecasting Program in 2014. “Over the past two years the YAA has worked hard to establish an avalanche forecasting program for the high use areas in the White Pass through Wheaton Valley region. The YAA believes the forecasting program is an important public safety service and that it promotes avalanche awareness amongst all backcountry users. This new funding will enable the YAA to operate the forecasting program next winter. We also continue to seek long-term sustainable funding to ensure the avalanche forecasting program operates in the years ahead”, says YAA President Jim Bishop.
“The backcountry community and local partners and businesses have been very supportive, and the YAA has received very positive feedback on the forecast project from skiers and sledders from Yukon, BC, Alaska and beyond,” says the Project Manager Jeni Rudisill.
The YAA established the forecasting program as a pilot project with funds from the National Search and Rescue Secretariat New Initiative Fund, and has worked closely with the Canadian Avalanche Centre (CAC) to produce a regional avalanche conditions report twice weekly throughout the winter. “We are very pleased with the way this project is going and looking forward to working with the YAA again next winter to provide avalanche safety products for backcountry users in the Klondike region. We sincerely hope sustainable funding can be found so this program can continue”, says CAC Acting Executive Director Karl Klassen.
The Yukon Avalanche Association is a non-profit organization promoting avalanche safety and awareness and development of risk management tools for all backcountry users. The YAA Annual General Meeting will be held on May 14, 2013 at 5:30 at the Mt. Mac wax room. All interested community members are welcome. Connect with the YAA on Facebook, Twitter or through their website, www.yukonavalanche.ca.