The Island Lake Mountain Team strives to give guests the
best possible skiing experience however; hazard avoidance and risk management
are their top priority. All guides and snow cat drivers participate in daily
meetings where snow stability and weather are assessed. Check out our Current Weather page for the latest updates.
Island Lake subscribes to the Canadian Avalanche Association
Information Exchange (InfoEx). This daily exchange of
technical avalanche, terrain, snow and weather data, along with detailed hazard
assessments improves the team’s awareness of the local conditions and
conditions across western Canada. Learn more, visit the CAA infoex
Each day, a snow safety team, consisting of two guides,
gathers field information and assesses snow stability. They work together with
the road builder to open new terrain.
All guides, cat drivers and lodge staff carry radios during
operating hours and maintain regular communication. Each guide carries rescue
and first aid equipment and each snowcat is equipped with extra rescue
As part of the safety program, the Island Lake team uses
explosives. By artificially triggering snow instabilities on a regular basis,
the risk of large-scale avalanches is reduced. This maximizes the amount of
safe skiing terrain that we have to offer our guests.
Island Lake is a member of HeliCat Canada. As a member, we are required to meet
a strict set of safety standards and operating procedures.