Planning on spending time on the local mountains this weekend?
After a fresh dump of snow, staff are asking skiers and snowboarders planning for the backcountry to be prepared.
“We actually opened all of our terrain on the mountain thanks to the hard work of patrols; conditions inbounds were pretty stellar up there. We had a huge dump of 40 centimetres so we’re excited to see everyone up here this weekend taking advantage of everything.”
Chris McLeod with Whistler Blackcomb says conditions on their groomed runs are good, but there are concerns in the areas outside the boundaries.
“Anytime you’re venturing out into the backcountry, be aware and check the avalanche forecast and get as educated as you can. Make sure you’re skiing with a group of people who know what they’re doing and be prepared to bring your beacon, probe, and shovel, or anything you need to help you if you’re going to ski outside the ski area boundary.”
That may be the case on the groomed runs of Whistler-Blackcomb, but spokesperson Chris McLeod says that doesn’t necessarily apply in the backcountry.
“If you are going to make the decision to go out of bounds, just be prepared, know what to expect, and be educated about it.”
Avalanche Canada has issued a special warning for backcountry enthusiasts for the long weekend on all the local mountains, with the current risk at moderate to high.
It comes only a week after five snowmobilers died in a fatal avalanche in McBride.
McLeod says backcountry enthusiasts need to pack a beacon, probe, and shovel, just in case.