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Tree Well Safety at Big White Ski Resort

December 31, 2018

A tree well is a hole or depression that forms around the base of a coniferous (pine) tree. The holes are formed when low branches stop the snow from compacting and settling around the trunk. The hole is hidden from view by the other branches on the tree. There is no easy way to identify if a particular tree has a dangerous tree well by sight, due to the fact that the low lying branches block sight of the hole. Therefore, treat any tree you cannot see the base of as a potentially dangerous tree well situation.

The Alpine Responsibility Code Quiz

January 25, 2017

You’ve seen it on posters, you’ve seen it on stickers - and no doubt a chairlift tower or two - so just what is The Alpine Responsibility Code?

Early Season Safety: 6 tips from Ski Patrol

December 15, 2016

The lifts are spinning, the season has started - it's the perfect time to remind yourself of some early-season safety tips.

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