The Revelstoke RCMP will be conducting some patrols of snowmobiling areas on Boulder Mountain this weekend, the one-year anniversary of the fatal avalanche associated with the Big Iron Shootout snowmobile gathering.
The gathering was usually held on the second weekend of March.
“Last we heard there is nothing planned,” said Revelstoke RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Rod Wiebe.
He said patrols would focus on curtailing alcohol and drug use.
As of the afternoon of Mar. 10, avalanche danger ratings were ‘high’ in all areas around Revelstoke, including the North Columbia, South Columbia and Glacier Park.
Canadian Avalanche Centre public avalanche warnings service manager Karl Klassen said the centre was not planning to issue a special public avalanche warning this weekend. Klassen said a number of criteria need to be met for a special warning to be issued and they had not been met. The special public avalanche warnings focus on a wider segment of the public, targeting people who don’t have a lot of avalanche training or experience, or those who may not read avalanche bulletins before going into the mountains.
Current avalanche bulletins are available at www.avalanche.ca.