Special Public Avalanche Warning – Extended

Special public avalanche warning

Avalanche Canada has extended their special public avalanche warning for most of BC’s and Alberta’s forecast regions until the end of Monday, March 7th.

UPDATE: The Special Public Avalanche Warning has been extended until end of day Thursday, March 7, as dangerous conditions persist. The boundary of the warning has also been amended to reflect current conditions.

Over the weekend, there were numerous natural, accidental, and remote triggered avalanches reported, sadly including a fatal accident near Revelstoke. It’s essential to maintain conservative terrain choices until conditions improve.

Special Public Avalanche Warning

Recent storms have deposited a significant amount of snow across Western Canada. This new snow sits on prominent weak layers established during drought conditions in February. In some areas, there is more than one weak layer.

As the active storm period passes, widespread natural avalanche activity will slow. However, human-triggered avalanches remain likely.

The structure of the weak layers takes different forms across our forecast regions, but is highly problematic and reactive in all. Remote triggering of avalanches on this layer will be possible. Recreationists should not underestimate the instability of these weak layers or their potential to produce large avalanches.

Although the new snow is appealing, making conservative terrain choices will be an important strategy for all backcountry users over the next few days. A good way to do this is by sticking to lower angle slopes, avoiding overhead hazard, and choosing smaller objectives that minimize the consequences of an avalanche.

Backcountry users should always check the avalanche forecast. Everyone in a backcountry party needs the essential rescue gear—transceiver, probe, and shovel—and the training to use it.