Avalanche Canada says those tempted by clear conditions to head into the East Kootenay backcountry should be cautious.
The agency has issued a special public avalanche warning ahead of this weekend for areas including the Lizard Range, Flathead and South Rockies.
Forecaster Julie McBride suggests many people will be eager to explore after some areas saw 40-50 cm of new snow come day over the past few days.
McBride says conditions will be inviting as the sky will clear Saturday and Sunday, however that new snow is sitting on top of several weak layers from earlier in the season.
She explains the natural avalanche risk will taper off during the weekend but there is still a significant chance of human triggered slides.
Anyone heading into the backcountry is encouraged to be conservative and stick to lower elevations.
McBride says it’s not necessary to completely avoid isolated terrain but individuals should have the appropriate gear and training.
She adds there have been many large and smaller avalanche activity in the Elk Valley the past week.
The snowpack in many places across the province is very weak.
McBridge says many parts of the province are experiencing similar conditions.
The special public warning also includes: Purcells, Kootenay Boundary, South & North Columbia, Cariboos, and North Rockies.
– Avalanche Canada Forecaster Julie McBride