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‘Still worried:’ Avalanche forecasters on North Shore's unusual and weak snowpack

Mount Seymour crown. (Ash Kelly/NEWS 1130 Reporter)
Summary

According to the Avalanche rating, the North Shore mountains are one of the most dangerous places to ski in right now

James Foyer blames the cold weather for persistent weaknesses in our coastal snowpack

If a slab avalanche occurs it can be difficult to survive as so much snow releases at once

NORTH VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – One thing skiers and snowboarders agree on is that cold snow is a good thing but in the backcountry of the North Shore right now, the opposite is proving to be true.

Avalanche Canada forecaster James Floyer says a month of cold weather has created a number of problems in the snowpack and anyone venturing into the backcountry should avoid steep terrain and navigate carefully.

“It’s actually quite unusual. I have been in this business for 15 years and I can remember one other time around about 2006 where we had a similar snowpack situation,” says Floyer.

“Moving around in the North Shore mountains definitely requires sticking to more mellow areas which actually can be hard in some places because there’s a lot of steep slopes.”

The warnings come just a week after the body of a 39-year-old Surrey man was recovered from an avalanche on Runner Peak just north of Mt. Seymour.