A Special Public Avalanche Warning has been issued for recreational backcountry users from today thru Monday.
Avalanche Canada says it applies to the Northwest Coast, the South Coast Inland region, and the following central interior mountain regions – the Cariboos, North Columbia, South Columbia, the Purcells, the Kootenay-Boundary, and the Lizard/Flathead region.
Glacier National Park also issued a public warning.
Snow storms across the province have buried a weak layer of snow, particularly at lower elevations.
However, due to the amount of new snow, all elevation bands are potentially hazardous.
James Floyer of Avalanche Canada says the warning applies to the coastal inland area.
“This warning applies more to places like Duffy Lake Road, the Coquihalla, and Manning Park to the south.”
Foyer says be extra cautious.
“We’ve had a relatively stable snowpack up to this point but things have changed now. We urge all recreational backcountry users to recognize this shift and to exercise more caution. Staying safe in the backcountry this weekend requires selecting simple, low-angled terrain, even when you’re at lower elevations below treeline.”
He also points out every person in the backcountry needs to wear an avalanche transceiver in transmit mode, and carry a probe and shovel in their pack.
Daily forecasts are available at www.avalanche.ca and Avalanche Canada’s Mountain Information Network.