It’s best to avoid chasing that powder, no matter how fresh it might be.
Backcountry skiers will want to be wary around the Rocky Mountains, as the province has issued an avalanche warning for Kananaskis Country, Banff, Yoho, Kootenay, Jasper, Mount Revelstoke, and Glacier National Parks.
The warning states that the areas have seen increased avalanche activity, with multiple avalanches coming down over the past two weeks.
- Heavy snowfall overnight forces snow day for some Calgary schools
- Winter storm covers Calgary in snow with another 15 cm expected today
- Winter storm watch in effect, up to 35 cm of snow possible for Calgary
The warning urges recreational backcountry users to completely avoid the areas, including places where they may be struck by avalanches from overhead.
Alberta skiers are warned to stay within the boundaries of their ski hills, and not to attempt venturing into off-limits areas.
Potential backcountry visitors can visit avalanche.ca for up-to-date information, along with various visitor centre websites to ensure that their next trip will be a safe and avalanche-free one.
- Bow Valley Administration and Information Centre
- Barrier Lake Visitor Information Centre
- Elbow Valley Visitor Information Centre
- Kananaskis Information Line
- Kananaskis Backcountry Camping Permits Line
- Peter Lougheed Park Discovery and Information Centre
- Sheep River Administration and Information Centre
For your own safety, please make sure you are prepared before heading out on your next adventure. Information on how to prepare for your trip and stay safe while on your hike is available from Albertaparks.ca and AdventureSmart.