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Avalanche warning for much of the Kootenays

Posted on 24. Feb, 2012 by in Regions |  

Conditions in the backcountry are dangerous, says the Canadian Avalanche Centre after issuing a special warning about conditions in the province’s snowpack.

File photo courtesy of the Canadian Avalanche Centre.

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

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One Response to “Avalanche warning for much of the Kootenays”

  1. Jim Ross 28 February 2012 at 7:33 am #

    A special thanks to the CAA for emptying the backcountry this week and weekend.

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