Avalanche Program

Double Avalanche: All the Way

February 27, 2014

Sometimes, the sheer power and raw beauty of nature (with a little help from us, for safety’s sake) are so overwhelming, you just have to sit back and say, “Like, wow man. Double avalanche! All the way!” (much a like a certain popular rainbow video) That’s exactly what we did when we received this...

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The Web Cam You Won’t See on DriveBC

December 26, 2013
The Web Cam You Won’t See on DriveBC

While we have close to 300 web cams offering a total of almost 400 views that motorists use for safe travel in B.C., there’s one web cam with a special job that you won’t see. You won’t see the web cam alongside Highway 31 north of Kaslo, on DriveBC, because its focus isn’t road...

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Share and Share Alike – Federal Sections on Provincial Highways

June 25, 2013
Share and Share Alike – Federal Sections on Provincial Highways

A strange thing happens when you’re travelling B.C.’s highways and you head through Rogers Pass, cruise alongside Long Beach near Tofino, or drive Highway 97, 133 kilometres north of Dawson Creek.  You see, the ground under your tires changes… You may think that’s provincially owned and operated road beneath you…but it’s not.  These stretches...

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The TranBC Interviews: Cliff – Creston Area Manager

March 14, 2013
The TranBC Interviews: Cliff – Creston Area Manager

It takes a big team to keep our roads and bridges safe for travellers, but did you ever wonder who those people are or what they do? Well read on, because introductions are in order. Meet Cliff Razzo. He’s an area manager who works in Creston, British Columbia. And what does he do? Well,...

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Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure: What the Heck Do We Do, Anyway?

March 5, 2013
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure: What the Heck Do We Do, Anyway?

With a broad name like Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, there are bound to be questions. Like small-talk at a cocktail party, those 13 syllables beg the question: “So, what do you do?” Some of the work we do is probably pretty obvious, but some of it may surprise you. To help clarify our...

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Technology: Improving Travel and Highway Safety

January 23, 2013
Technology: Improving Travel and Highway Safety

Here at TranBC, we love technology, and we’re constantly looking for new ways to make things easier and safer for you to get around. This year saw a lot of interesting developments, and we’ve got a summary of some of the top tech tales of 2012 here for your reading pleasure. Going Mobile DriveBC...

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Photo Blog: Avalanche Control Over BC Highways

January 19, 2013
Photo Blog: Avalanche Control Over BC Highways

Avalanches are mesmerizing – at least from a safe distance, whether that be via video, photograph, or directly from a helicopter. No one gets closer to the action than our avalanche control technicians. They trek to remote mountainside avalanche weather stations (all 58 of them) and trigger blasts with strange-sounding equipment such as Gazex...

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Avalanche Control: Timing “Train Travel” on Bear Pass

April 20, 2012
Avalanche Control: Timing “Train Travel” on Bear Pass

Q. What train can travel 70 possible routes over a glacier, from 2,500 metre-high mountain tops down to near sea level, in about 20 seconds? A. An “avalanche train” in Bear Pass. An avalanche train is the sudden release of a large mass of snow or ice. Triggered by natural or human forces, it...

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What’s it Like? An Interview with a BC Avalanche Tech

March 5, 2012
What’s it Like? An Interview with a BC Avalanche Tech

We’ve had a lot of interest in our avalanche program lately, so we thought we’d give you an inside look at what goes on there. Meet Avalanche Tech Robb Andersen. Robb’s been working in avalanche safety since 1994, and he’s been with the ministry since 2004, working the snowy slopes in different areas throughout...

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Our Avalanche Crews Know Snow Flow

February 7, 2012
Our Avalanche Crews Know Snow Flow

How We Trigger Avalanches to Make Our Roads Safer for Travellers The snow falls thick and fast, and the mountain slopes become more and more unstable. Is it enough to set off an avalanche? Luckily, if you’re driving the mountain passes in B.C., you don’t really have to worry about it, because our avalanche...

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