Revelstoke Canadian Avalanches

Revelstoke (above) seemed a natural home for an exhibit on snow slides. Photo: Courtesy of Oliver Hine/Flickr

While avalanches have constantly been in the news lately, due to modern-era avalanche mitigation and detection tactics, it’s hard for people in the 21st century to grasp just how deadly and catastrophic snow slides were in the days prior to avalanche control.

But a new museum exhibit in the British Columbian ski town of Revelstoke is looking to illuminate the effect avalanches have had in shaping the history of Canada.

As reported by POWDER, the exhibit, Land of Thundering Snow, is a curated online and physical project currently on display at the Revelstoke Museum. Dedicated to showing the evolving nature of avalanche research in the Great White North, the exhibit was a natural fit for the town, a hub for helicopter and backcountry skiing in British Columbia.

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“Avalanches and snow define our area,” Cathy English, curator of the museum, told POWDER. “It’s part of who we are and why people have come here. It made a lot of sense for our museum and region to do this project.”

Revelstoke Canadian Avalanches

A 1974 avalanche at Rogers Pass claimed the lives of seven people. Photo: Courtesy of Revelstoke Museum

The exhibit covers some of the most tragic avalanches in Canada’s past and how they changed the country’s response to and preparation for those slides.

Land of Thundering Snow examines everything from the 1910 avalanche at Rogers Pass that claimed the lives of 58 men working on a railroad to the 1998 avalanche that killed current Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s younger brother, Michel.

To learn more about the exhibit, and English’s plans for its seven-year stay at the museum, head over to POWDER.

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