On January 2003, a massive avalanche in BC struck 13 members of two guided backcountry skiing groups and buried them. After a frantic hour of digging by those still standing, an unthinkable outcome became reality: seven people were dead. BURIED, by Ken Wylie, is the assistant guide's story. Please see the Durrand Glacier Report in reports section of this website. Ken Wylie provides the Heroic Adventurer Course. Ken can be reached at:
In February 2016, ten clients, while skiing with their ACMG guide and tail-guide, were struck by an avalanche near Golden, BC.. Following the avalanche, their group sought truth and accountability from the ACMG and their guide. Wanting to effect positive change, Backcountry Safe is their personal initiative and dedication to Doug's life. www.backcountrysafe.ca
In January 2020, a snowmobile guide and several of his clients plunged through the ice of the lake they were crossing and drown. The Quebec tourism minister imposed immediate regulations on guide training and accreditation in response to the tragic event. It may be that government involvement is required should the ACMG continue to fail to demonstrate an ability to adequately and impartially 'self-regulate'.
A snowboarder, who was injured in a terrain park, has just won the right to sue the ski hill for negligence in June 2020. The judge ruled that a waiver that excludes a company's negligence is not binding on a consumer if presented incorrectly. The Release of Liability and Waiver for negligence had been upheld in Canadian courts for decades despite numerous challenges.
This is a landmark decision.