Special Public Avalanche Warning for Much of BC’s Backcountry

Special Public Avalanche Warning for Much of BC’s Backcountry

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Feb 23, 2012

Special Public Avalanche Warning for Much of BC’s Backcountry

Canadian Avalanche Centre 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 

www.avalanche.ca/cac.

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