Avalanche warning issued for Western Canada
Avalanche Canada, in partnership with Alberta Parks (Kananaskis Country) and Parks Canada, has issued a special public avalanche warning for a widespread area of Alberta and British Columbia.
The avalanche warning is in effect immediately, and will stay effective through the weekend.The warning is widespread and applies to the following forecast regions:
Jasper National Park
Banff, Yoho and Kootenay National Parks
Lizard and Flathead
Waterton Lakes National Park
Increasing temperatures and persistent weak layers in the snowpack across these areas are expected to have a destabilizing effect that could make natural and human-triggered avalanches much more likely.
Backcountry users and anyone recreating in avalanche terrain are advised to exercise caution and to always check their regional avalanche forecasts at avalanche.ca.
Everyone in a backcountry party needs to have the essential rescue gear – transceiver, probe and shovel – and the knowledge to use it.