Avalanche warnings on HIGH for B.C. Interior and Coastal Regions
Areas including Whistler Backcountry, Revelstoke, Invermere and Nakusp of British Columbia's mountainous Interior region have had their avalanche warning raised to a "special" high rating by the Canadian Avalanche Center.
These areas grow more and more popular ever year as word gets out about the great powder, back country sports and mountains of untouched snow that the area hosts during the winter and the many new extreme summer sports that tempt young and old alike during the warm months of summer. Locals and tourists tend to flock to this region to experience a little bit of British Columbia's beautiful back country.
The winter months are becoming a growing concern in the area as every winter a few more avalanche fatalities occur. As more and people adventure out into the unfamiliar mountains of these areas, not always prepared or aware of what they are really getting themselves into, the chance of this type of fatality occurring rises immensely.
Whether it be climate change or simply a warm from to hit British Columbia, the warm temperatures have not been helping. Although the avalanche warning has been on high in the area for quite some time now, the Canadian Avalanche Center felt it appropriate to raise the warning to a "special" high due to this extreme warm front hitting the province. The snow pack has become extremely unstable making the risk of avalanche even higher.
This warning is expected to stay in effect until later next week when temperatures again drop and conditions improve.
All back country users are asked to stay on low angle, simple terrain during the warning.