The avalanche risk has been heightened by changing weather conditions in BC’s mountains.
The risk for Alpine regions of Vancouver Island is high today, and a special public avalanche warning has been issued for much of BC’s mountains. Warning outdoor enthusiasts heading into the backcountry that snowslides are likely. It has experts and enthusiasts alike urging people to practice caution in BC’s backcountry this weekend.
Setting out snowshoeing at the base of Mount Washington, Bob Brooks will be careful where his foot falls. Sticking to known paths instead of the back country during this avalanche warning,
“Probably pretty hazardous when you get back off into the woods,” says Brooks.
A pineapple express that’s delivering warm air at sea level is bringing heavy snowfall to South Coast mountains burying a weak snowlayer that officials say is particularly prevalent at lower elevations.
“Because the wet weather going on old snow is going to create avalanches right,” says snowmobiler Bryce Hansen.
And for at least three snowmobilers the fast changing weather is making the risk too great up there.
“It’s better too stay home,” says Marty Gates.
So despite the drive, texts from fellow snowmobilers and now this avalanche warning has them keeping their snowcats right where they are. Parked on the Strathcona Parkway.
“I think it’s too dangerous to go out there now snowmobiling,” says Lee Murray.
“Oh yeah definitely. We know what we’re up against up on the mountain but you never know when an avalanche is coming that’s for sure,” says Hansen.
But there were still plenty of back country fans willing to take the risk. As people take advantage of the enormous snowfall that’s blanketed this region after years of drought.
‘Yes they’ve been really good this year, the last couple. There’s a lot of snow out here,” says Brooks.
Snow too tempting for many to stay away from. So Bob Brooks hopes all who venture into it, know the warning that’s now blanketing this weekend as well.