Avalanche Canada is warning backcountry enthusiasts to stay on simple terrain in the Elk Valley.
Both the South Rockies and the Lizard Range are seeing higher danger ratings at all levels.
Forecaster Mark Bender says this is mostly due to the build-up of snow from recent snowstorms in the region.
“We’re talking about a weak layer of snow that is buried probably anywhere from 70 centimetres to a metre down,” Bender says.
Bender says an avalanche triggered on a layer buried that deeply at any elevation could be large and very dangerous.
“People should definitely make conservative terrain choices and they should keep to simple terrain in the coming days and through the weekend,” Bender says.
Bender says anyone going into the backcountry should pay attention to the conditions and avoid any areas with large avalanche paths.
– Avalanche Canada Forecaster, Mark Bender