Avalanche warning for much of the Kootenays
Conditions in the backcountry are dangerous, says the Canadian Avalanche Centre after issuing a special warning about conditions in the province’s snowpack.
The conditions specifically relate to the Kootenay-Boundary area and mountains around Fernie, Elk Valley, Golden, and Revelstoke.
“The clear, dry spell covering the province in early February had a weakening effect on the surface of the snow at that time,” explains Karl Klassen, Manager of the CAC’s Public Avalanche Warning Services. “Now that surface is buried and left us with a very complex upper snowpack, with a number of weak layers. Conditions are very tricky to manage right now. If you’re going into avalanche terrain, you need local knowledge, extensive experience and training.”
Source: press release