Canadian Avalanche Centre issues warning to backcountry enthusiasts
Warm weather has prompted the Canadian Avalanche Centre to issue a special warning to the public to be extra careful when using the backcountry this weekend.
The CAC said the main concern is due to unseasonably warm January temperature which will destabilize an already unstable snowpack, leading to surface slides.
The Kootenay-Boundary region is included in the warning.
Other concerns throughout the province are north and south coast, Sea to Sky, north and south Rockies, Cariboo, the Purcells, Kootenay-Boundary, and the north and south Columbias.
The warm, sunny weather may give a false sense of security to hikers and skiers throughout the province says the CAC, leading to potentially very large, natural- and human-triggered avalanches.
The CAC warns the public little or no avalanche to refrain from taking to the slopes and those more experienced backcountry enthusiasts to keep away from steep slopes, especially when the sun is out.