Chris Stethem

Chris Stethem

Retired Avalanche Professional

Chris Stethem’s influence in avalanche awareness and safety in Canada is long and influential. Chris spent the 1970s overseeing the avalanche program at Whistler and completed research projects for the National Research Council of Canada and Environment Canada. This work included compilation of the first two volumes of Avalanche Accidents in Canada. From 1979 to 2011 Chris worked as an avalanche protection consultant in planning, operations and training for ski areas and mechanized back country in the Americas and overseas.

Chris is a pioneer and founding member for the Canadian Avalanche Association (CAA). He also served as President of the CAA from 1988-1992. During this time, the Canadian Avalanche Centre in Revelstoke was formed to provide Avalanche Training Programs, the InfoEx, and the Public Avalanche Bulletin. In 1998, Chris helped form the Canadian Avalanche Foundation (now Avalanche Canada Foundation), a registered charity that raises funds to support public avalanche bulletins, education and research. Chris sat as President of the CAF for 12 years. Chris is now retired and living in Canmore.