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Teacher Newsmagazine Volume 17, Number 1, September 2004

Permit required for travel into avalanche terrain

To ensure appropriate backcountry leadership and terrain choices, effective April 1, 2004, custodial groups must obtain a permit and be accompanied by a certified mountain or ski guide before they will be allowed to travel into avalanche terrain in Mount Revelstoke, Glacier, Yoho, Kootenay, Banff, Jasper, and Waterton Lakes National Parks.

A custodial group is an institutional group where at least one person is below the age of majority and the minor is not in the company of her or his parent. Institutional groups include, but are not limited to, school groups, scout/guide groups, church groups, cadet groups, and community youth groups.

Group leaders now have new obligations when leading custodial groups. This applies to both day trips and overnight trips between October 15 and May 31 each year; pretrip planning is essential.

For more information, visit the mountain national park web sites at www.parkscanada.gc.ca.

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