A Stony Mountain, Manitoba company is one of the first retailers in Canada to carry an important piece of survival gear.
The Survivor Blanket is stored in a plastic pouch and accompanies most emergency/disaster kits. Once the pouch is opened, the blanket heats up when exposed to the air. The blanket heats up to 37°C or 100°F in 15 minutes and stays warm for 6-8 hours.
“We opened a blanket at 1 p.m. to demonstrate it to the ski areas and their emergency response teams,” said Robert Paige of the Manitoba Pro Ski Patrol.
Paige showed off the blanket recently to a meeting of the Saskatchewan/Manitoba ski areas.
“At midnight, 11 hours later, the blanket was still 30°C or 90°F.”
Stony Mountain Ski Area is currently selling the blankets at its resort and online for $10 to $35 depending on the size. The ski resort has already received interest from snowmobile clubs, EMS, fire departments and law enforcement to purchase Survivor Blankets for their vehicles and emergency kits.
The blankets have a shelf live of five years. A wearable vest model is also available.