VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – If you plan to head to the mountains in a few parts of B.C. — including Sea-to-Sky Country — be aware of the avalanche risk.
Avalanche Canada is issuing a special warning for anyone in the backcountry, as well as front-country avalanche terrain.
According to Forecast Program Supervisor Ilya Storm, many slopes are “primed for human-triggered avalanches,” despite danger ratings “going down across the map because naturally running avalanches have slowed down or stopped.”
Avalanche Canada explains, there is a weak layer within the snowpacks.
“The storm that blew through Western Canada over the past few days dropped a significant amount of snow, which is now sitting precariously on that weak layer,” Avalanche Canada says in a release. “During the storm, many avalanches on that weak layer ran to historic runouts.”
The organization wants you to make sure you have the right equipment with you, and know how to use it — and to plan ahead.
It’s also urging people who plan to venture out into nature to be extra careful.
“Distinguishing between slopes that have already slid and those that are the tipping point will be very difficult,” Storm says. “This, combined with clearing weather during a holiday week, has us very concerned for backcountry users.”
Avalanche Canada’s warning covers a handful of regions in B.C. — including the South Coast Inland — as well as some parts of Alberta