Skiers, snowboarders, and back-country trekkers alike: Take warning, because Parks Canada is forecasting an extreme danger rating for areas of the Rocky Mountains starting Thursday, January 3.
Banff, Yoho, and Kootenay National Parks will all be seeing heavy snowfall, high winds, and warm temperatures throughout today and tomorrow, which will likely combine to create some deadly avalanche conditions.
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“We remind visitors that anyone traveling into the backcountry is responsible for their own safety,” the Parks Canada release states.
“Safety is a top priority for Parks Canada and we work with other organizations and backcountry users to ensure they receive the most up-to-date information on backcountry avalanche conditions so that they can make informed decisions.”
Parks Canada rates the danger rating for Friday, January 4 at Extreme in the alpine, Extreme at treeline, and High for below the treeline.
Saturday, January 5 sees ratings of High for alpine, High for treeline, and Considerable for below treeline.
It is cautioned that traveling in avalanche terrain should be avoided, and that visitors of the national parks can visit either the Parks Canada Visitor Centre or their website for more details on up-to-date avalanche conditions.