Avalanche Canada issues special warning for backcountry areas

A weak layer at lower elevations causes terrain below the treeline to be more dangerous than alpine

Avalanche Canada has issues a special public avalanche warning for areas around Golden and Revelstoke.

Effective immediately until the end of day on Sunday, February 10, recreational backcountry users are warned to use safe travel techniques and avoid avalanche terrain at and below treeline regions in the North and South Columbia, Glacier National Park, the Purcells, South Rockies, North Rockies, Cariboos, and the Lizard Range. Many of these areas are commonly accessed by skiers and snowmobilers in the area.

READ MORE: Two skiers caught in avalanche near Revelstoke

For a map of the regions involved, click HERE.

A weak layer at lower elevations has caused the snowpack below the treeline to become more dangerous than the alpine. Forecasters have warned that this unusual situation could catch some recreationists off guard.

“With this layer, the trees are not the safe haven they normally are,” explains Senior Avalanche Forecaster Grant Helgeson. “And identifying avalanche terrain in these lower elevations can be difficult. You need to be aware of smaller slopes like cutblocks, roadcuts, gullies or even just openings in the trees. This is where the weak layer will be a problem and where it’s primed for human-triggered avalanches.”

Many close-calls involving this layer have been reported over the past few days and with the coming weekend, more people will be heading out into the mountains. Avalanche conditions are constantly changing, and accidents have already claimed the lives of snowmobilers in the backcountry this year.

READ MORE: Dad, son killed in avalanche near Invermere

Everyone in a backcountry party needs the essential rescue gear—transceiver, probe and shovel—and know how to use it. Always check the current avalanche conditions on Avalanche Canada’s website.

Just Posted

Revelstoke ladies make 2,200 cabbage rolls for charity

The money raised was donated to former NHL player Aaron Volpatti, who is raising funds for ALS

Revelstoke Golf Club open weeks early

The club didn’t open until May last year

Okanagan-Shuswap weather: Clear skies and pushing 20 C

Environement Canada forcasts a sunny and warm Easter weekend

Revelstoke roads and weather: mix of sun and cloud

Heavy rains have destabilized the snowpack. Be careful in the backcountry

Update: Fire destroys Peachland home on Somerset Avenue

Crews are still on scene pumping water onto the blaze

Waste not: Kootenay brewery leftovers feed the local food chain

Spent grains from the Trail Beer Refinery are donated to local farmers and growers, none go to waste

Summerland student examines effects of sound

Science fair project will go to national competition in New Brunswick

Cuteness overload: duckling thinks dog is its mom

Vernon photographer Fiona Hook shot a cute video after noticing one of her ducklings had taken a special liking to her dog.

Sons of Anarchy’s Kim Coates stops by Okanagan café

Coates was spotted in West Bank’s Kekuli Café on April 20

Deck collapses in Langley during celebration, 35 people injured

Emergency responders rushed to the Langley home

B.C. mom wages battle to get back four kids taken from her in Egypt

Sara Lessing of Mission has help from Abbotsford law firm

B.C. mountain biker sent home from hospital twice, despite broken vertebrae

Released in Maple Ridge to go home with three fractured vertebrae

Seven tips to travel safely this Easter long weekend

An average of three people are killed, and hundreds more injured, each Easter long weekend in B.C.

Most Read