Public avalanche warning issued by Avalanche Canada for Rocky Mountains

Feb 9 2017, 10:25 pm

Avalanche Canada has issued a special public avalanche warning for recreational backcountry users.

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From Friday, February 10 to Monday, February 13 mountain goers are cautioned from going into the following areas:

  • Kananaskis Country
  • Waterton Lakes National Park
  • Avalanche Canada’s South Rockies
  • The Lizard and Flathead regions
  • Southern part of the Purcells region
  • Eastern part of the Kootenay Boundary region

Image: Courtesy Avalanche Canada

As a result of the recent storms passing through BC and Alberta, the depth of the current snowpack has doubled. Winds have created dense slabs that lie on a weak base of sugary, faceted snow. Avalanche Canada says more snow, wind, and warming temperatures are expected in the coming days before the weather breaks on the weekend.

“Clearing skies and good riding conditions after a long drought are expected to entice people into the mountains,” says Mike Koppang from Kananaskis Public Safety Team. “While natural avalanches are tapering off, we’re concerned that human triggering of large avalanches remains possible throughout the weekend.”

Before travelling in the backcountry check for current avalanche information.