B.C.’s avalanche forecasters have issued a special warning directed at recreational backcountry users.
Avalanche Canada has issued a special public avalanche warning across a large swath of B.C., including the North Rockies, Cariboos, North Columbia, South Columbia, Kootenay-Boundary, Purcells, South Rockies, Lizard and Flathead, along with South Coast Inland regions.
Recent snowfalls, combined with wind and warm temperatures, are putting pressures on what forecasters call a “fragile snowpack.”
People were said to be triggering slides even as they were approaching the slopes.
The wild swings in weather have reportedly laid down a combination of smooth crust over top of persistent weak layers in the snowpack.
Avalanche Canada is reminding those who are heading out to go prepared with the proper emergency equipment.