Dec 1, 2010 | Marmot, Winter 2010

New Avalanche “Beacon Basin”

With forecast models and predictions for this winter’s La Nina winter season the Mount Washington Pro patrol has trained and is prepared for what might just be another winter of epic snow conditions.

New for the coming winter is the opening of additional terrain on the west side (front) of the Boomerang chair.

The area in question has been a local’s favourite with steeps and great tree skiing. Having both a patrol presence as well as a completed avalanche control program will ensure the safety of all users. Check out the developments on this years trail map.

Another addition to our safety program consists of an Avalanche Beacon Basin. This is an area dedicated to training and practising your skills using an avalanche transceiver. These are devices used while skiing in back country terrain to both send out an electronic signal as well find and pin point the signal in the event an avalanche has buried you or a member of your party. By having a dedicated Beacon Basin, members of the public, community groups, as well as training schools will have the ability to turn on up to seven pre-buried beacons and perform rescue scenarios.

The Beacon Basin will be located across from the Whiskey Jack unload and will be available for usage on a daily basis.

Mount Washington would like to thank their partners in mountain safety, Island Alpine Guides and Back Country Access for their assistance in providing this training tool to the public.

For information on taking an avalanche course go to

For mountain users wishing to explore the uncontrolled terrain surrounding Mount Washington, we want to remind them that our boundaries are closed, the great news is that we have numerous back-country gates that allow for access to this terrain.

Our members look forward to hosting you and look forward to assisting you in your recreational pursuits while at Mount Washington. You, the skiing public, are also our partners in safety and we ask that you take the time to read the alpine responsibility code, familiarize yourself with our area boundaries, as well our slow skiing zones. Have a Safe and Happy Winter season.

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