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Special avalanche warning issued for parts of BC

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Risk of a slide on some BC mountains, warn experts

Mix of snow and warming temperatures prompt avalanche risk in BC

REVELSTOKE (NEWS 1130) – Avalanche Canada is warning people to be careful if they plan on hitting the backcountry anytime over the next couple of days.

A special warning is in place for the mountains around Revelstoke, Canmore and Waterton, Alberta. The areas affected include: Kananaskis Country and Waterton Lakes National Park, and South Rockies and Lizard and Flathead regions. The southern part of the Purcells region and the eastern part of the Kootenay Boundary region are also included.

The concern surrounds recent storms that have doubled the depth of the current snowpack and winds have created dense slabs that lie on a weak foundation.

“Clearing skies and good riding conditions after a long drought are expected to entice people into the mountains,” explains Forecasting Program Supervisor for Avalanche Canada James Floyer. “While natural avalanches are tapering off, we’re concerned that human triggering of large avalanches remains possible throughout the weekend.”

The avalanche danger rating in the Sea to Sky Country is considered high and it’s the same for the inland area of the South Coast.