Extreme avalanche danger in Sea to Sky country following storm

Jan 3 2020, 11:14 am

Avalanche Canada is warning backcountry users that large avalanches are “almost certain” this weekend following a massive dump of snow in the Sea to Sky region.

The new snow will form large slabs, and add stress to the already weak snowpack, the agency said in a bulletin on its website.

“Avalanches have the potential to run far distances and destroy mature timber,” Avalanche Canada said. “Large natural avalanches are likely throughout the day (Friday) and the rest of the weekend.”

It’s rare to see such a high danger rating, according to Avalanche Canada.

The area for extreme avalanche danger includes Whistler-Blackcomb, Garibaldi Provincial Park, and Squamish.