Avalanche Canada is working on a new presence.
Executive director Gilles Valade said a major focus this year will be the Avalanche Centre’s new Internet offering, the Mountain Information Network.
Launched last year, the network is a public-driven information collection service that allows backcountry users to report on conditions.
“It’s basically crowd-sourcing, but it’s an information sharing network, so, as a recreationalist… you can go sledding or skiing or boarding in the backcountry and through our mobile app or through your computer at home, you can submit information,” explained Valade. “There’s a section to submit a report and weather, riding conditions, what you saw in the snowpack, did you see any avalanches, any other information, and you can upload a photo and that gets shared on our website.”
The network is integrated with Avalanche Canada’s website at www.avalanche.ca.