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- February 24, 2012 at 3:39 pm #576460steinParticipant
Special Public Avalanche Warning for Much of BC’s Backcountry
Canadian Avalanche Centre calls says backcountry travel in avalanche terrain
not recommended without advanced training and experience
February 23, 2012, Revelstoke, BC: The Canadian Avalanche Centre (CAC) is issuing a special public avalanche warning for a widespread area of the province’s backcountry. The warning includes the mountainous areas of the Cariboos, the North and South Columbias, the North and South Rockies, the Lizard Range, the Purcells, the South Coast Inland and Northwest Inland. The warning is in effect from Friday February 24 through to Monday February 27.
“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.”
The CAC is advising all recreational backcountry users to carefully monitor the advice in the avalanche bulletins. Everyone in a backcountry party needs to be equipped with a shovel, probe and transceiver and the CAC strongly recommends all backcountry users take an avalanche awareness course. Snowpack stability changes constantly throughout the winter. Backcountry users need to check the avalanche bulletin regularly to keep informed of conditions in their area. More detailed information is also available on the CAC forecaster’s blog. For the bulletins, blog and information on training, check http://www.avalanche.ca/cacFebruary 25, 2012 at 6:53 pm #652110moskitovParticipant
Thanks, just saw this on their website…
From my understanding, the buried layers will need time time to settle now, or even some heat to be able to get stable and “unify itself”, or to allow slopes to discharge themselves from too much weight naturally. This season, the mountains have already claimed too many lives including several experienced riders. this warning is definitely not to be taken lightly….
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