Winter Restricted Area status - Glacier National Park of Canada

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About the winter permit system

In Rogers Pass, Parks Canada and the Canadian Forces operate the world’s largest mobile avalanche control program to keep the Trans-Canada Highway and the Canadian Pacific Railway open. The Winter Permit System protects backcountry users from the danger of direct artillery fire and the resulting avalanches.

The Winter Permit System allows backcountry visitors to enter Winter Restricted Areas when avalanche control artillery gunfire is not planned. A valid Winter Permit is required to park a vehicle or ski in these areas. Permit holders can only ski here on days when the area is posted as open, when there is no chance of artillery fire happening in the area.

Daily and annual winter permits are available at the Rogers Pass Discovery Centre. Annual winter permits are also available after passing an online quiz.

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