You may have noticed temperatures dipping and more snow piling up on the mountains over the past few weeks.
This means winter recreation can begin soon for backcountry enthusiasts but all should be mindful of the risk for avalanches.
Forecasting program supervisor with Avalanche Canada James Floyer says as the mercury begins to fall and more snow is accumulating on East Kootenay mountains.
“We commonly see avalanches this time of year,” says Floyer. “We’re sort of in our early season build-up time, the sense is those avalanches are going to be most likely to occur during storms and maybe for a period of 24-48 hours after the storm.
He adds daily avalanche forecasts will begin later this month.
“We’re due to start avalanche forecast November 23rd,” Floyer says. “So from the 23rd of November onwards we’ll have daily avalanche forecasts through the winter season, until then it is a question of using your own knowledge and being mindful of all the observations that you can get.”
If you’re venturing to the backcountry you should tune up your winter gear, make sure you have a probe, shovel and full batteries in your transceiver.
Floyer says Elk Valley mountains have been getting peppered with a good amount of snow and rain.
He advises backcountry enthusiasts to tune up their winter gear.
This means making sure you have a probe and shovel, a transceiver with full batteries and take an avalanche course.
– James Floyer – Forecasting Program Supervisor, Avalanche Canada