A spokesperson for North Shore Rescue is asking ‘naive’ tourists to do their homework on avalanche safety before venturing up nearby mountains.
Mike Danks says visitors travelling to Vancouver often underestimate the dangers of resorts such as Mount Seymour and Grouse Mountain.
He says carrying the correct equipment such as a transceiver, a shovel and a probe is essential, especially around avalanche prone areas.
“We have a pretty unique situation because we’re so close to the downtown core and the local mountains are very accessible by transit so we do get a lot of tourists that are naive if you will to the dangers of our local mountains so if you’re going to be doing a hike, do your research on the hike, make sure you’re physically fit to do it.”
Danks says skiers and snowboarders at Grouse or Cypress Mountain should stay inbound where the avalanche danger is controlled.