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March 10, 2005
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Avalanche warning

Keith Nicol, an associate professor at Grenfell College, ran a recreational avalanche course for Gros Morne National Park wardens on Feb 21-22. Mr. Nicol runs Winter Outdoor Pursuits, part of the Environmental Studies program at Grenfell. He regularly runs avalanche training courses with his students and for others interested in winter safety. “Many people don’t realize that avalanches have killed over 30 people in Newfoundland and I often hear of close calls that either skiers, snowshoers or snowmobilers have had in recent years. The number of close calls has been amazing.” Mr. Nichol said that, at the very least, backcountry travelers should carry an avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel.