A special public avalanche warning has been issued for parts of our region, days after a skier was killed near Fernie.
Avalanche Canada says recent snowstorms have brought conditions on BC Interior mountain ranges to a critical point including the Lizard Range, South Rockies and Purcells.
Forecaster James Floyer says conditions are very dangerous right now, and they are particularly worried with how easy it is to trigger a slide right now.
The main concern according to Floyer is they’ve seen avalanches triggered in usual areas such as down low in the trees, on low-angle terrain and previously skied terrain.
He adds you should avoid the backcountry if you don’t have proper training or a professional guide.
Avalanche Canada issues 2-4 of these special warnings every year, but Floyer admits this one should be taken very seriously as they’re seeing the size of slides increase and its very likely if you get caught in one it could cause serious injury or death.
Several near misses have been reported in recent days and an Alberta man died in the Lizard Range after a group of backcountry skiers triggered an avalanche Monday.
Another Albertan was buried in a small avalanche outside of Fernie Sunday but was recovered and taken to hospital with just hypothermia.
For current avalanche conditions, check www.avalanche.ca.
– Avalanche Forecast Supervisor James Floyer