"Considerable" avalanche risk on Vancouver's North Shore mountains

Dec 21 2019, 10:34 am

It’s been raining in the city this week, but snowing on the mountains — so much that skiers and boarders should watch out for avalanches.

Avalanche Canada says the risk of sliding snow is “considerable” in the alpine, in the treeline, and below the treeline on Vancouver’s North Shore.

“A substantial amount of snow fell across the region on Thursday and Friday. Conservative decision-making will be essential until this snow stabilizes,” the agency wrote on its website.

Avalanche Canada

Avalanche Canada

The area at risk encompasses three ski resorts: Cypress Mountain Resort, Grouse Mountain, and Mt Seymour. As the snow stabilizes, the avalanche risk should decrease on Sunday and Monday, Avalanche Canada predicted.

Skiers heading up to Whistler for the weekend should also use caution in the alpine and treeline, where Avalanche Canada has also marked the risk as “considerable.”

“A substantial amount of recent snow has accumulated, which is loading a buried weak layer,” Avalanche Canada said of the Sea to Sky region.