January is Snow Safety


Before you head out this winter in search of exciting snow adventures across Alberta, be sure you are well prepared for the potential dangers that come with playing in snowy, icy and remote areas.


1. Have the right gear

  • Dress in layers to help regulate body temperature.
  • Keep your head, ears and hands covered to avoid frostbite.
  • Wear your helmet, especially when skiing, skating, snowboarding, and snowmobiling.

2. Leave a trip plan

  • Your trip plan explains your destination, travel route, equipment, and expected return time.
  • This vital information can help search and rescue volunteers, in case of an emergency.

3. Be avalanche aware

  • Know the avalanche dangers in your area.
  • Check avalanche bulletins before heading out.
  • Carry and practice with an avalanche beacon, probe and shovel.
  • Avalanches involving people don't occur randomly. Over 90 per cent of the time, the victims or someone in their group triggers the snow slide.
  • Be avalanche aware in Alberta, and when visiting other areas, such as BC's backcountry.

4. Respect boundaries

  • Going out-of-bounds is extremely dangerous.
  • You not only endanger your life, but also the lives of search and rescue volunteers.

5. Ski and snowboard responsibly

  • Know and follow the Alpine Responsibility Code.
  • If a run is closed, respect the signage and never ski out of bounds.

6. Snowmobile safely

  • Keep your speed slow enough to stay in control of your snowmobile.
  • Alcohol use is a leading cause of snowmobiling-related fatalities.
  • Respect closed areas.
  • Ensure you're properly trained and equipped to survive a night outside.

7. Test the ice

  • Check ice thickness before heading out.
  • Always stay off ice that is 7cm (3 in) or less.
  • The minimum ice depth for ice fishing, walking, and cross country skiing is 10cm (4 in).
  • The minimum ice depth for one snowmobile or ATV is 12cm (5 in).

8. If you break through the ice, know what to do

  • Don't panic. Your clothing will trap air and keep you buoyant.
  • Turn towards the direction you came from and place your hands and arms flat on the unbroken surface.
  • Kick your feet and try to push yourself up on top of the unbroken ice on your stomach, like a seal.
  • Once you are lying on the ice, don't stand up. Roll away from the break until you are on solid ice.

Community Events at a Glance

  • 17 Jan
    Love and Logic - Early Childhood Parenting Made Fun! ® 17 Jan 2019 07:00 AM to 09:00 AM

    This 5-week program provides parents of young children with practical and proven tools for raising
    respectful, responsible, and happy kids. Learn simple and easy to learn strategies to lower your family’s
    stress levels, teach responsibility and character,

  • 24 Jan
    Onoway Stay & Play 24 Jan 2019 03:00 AM to 05:30 AM

    Drop by for coffee and to visit while your kids play, create crafts, and check out the sensory bins.
    A light snack will be provided.

    FREE drop-in program – no need to pre-register.
    (Parent/caregiver supervision of children is required)


  • 29 Jan
    Sangudo Stay & Play 29 Jan 2019 05:00 AM to 06:00 AM

    For families with kids aged newborn and up! Drop in and enjoy a coffee & visit with other parents
    while your kids check out the sensory activities, create crafts, & play. We have lots of terrific toys for
    babies & kids of all ages, and a play area especially

  • 17 Jan - 29 Jan
  • 29 Jan - 31 Jan
  • 05 Feb - 19 Feb
  • 26 Feb - 12 Mar
  • 19 Mar - 19 Mar

About the County

Founded in 1944, Lac Ste. Anne County is a municipal district in central Alberta, Canada. It is located in Census Division 13, roughly 45 minutes northwest of Edmonton. The County's administrative office is located at 56521 Range Road 65. Its namesake comes from its largest body of water, Lac Ste. Anne.

Contact Information

  Box 219, Sangudo AB T0E 2A0
 lsac (@) lsac.ca
 (780) 785-3411
 (780) 785-2359