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Heavy snowfall heightens avalanche risk in the Rockies


According to the CAC, 146 fatalities were caused by avalanches between 2000 and 2010 (courtesy: Chris Parlow)
According to the CAC, 146 fatalities were caused by avalanches between 2000 and 2010 (courtesy: Chris Parlow)

The Canadian Press

January 12, 2013 — A recent snowfall in southern Alberta and B.C. has increased the avalanche risk in the Canadian Rockies.

Up to 80 centimetres of snow has fallen in the Rockies, increasing the avalanche risk
Up to 80 centimetres of snow has fallen in the Rockies, increasing the avalanche risk

Up to 80 centimetres of snow has fallen in the Rockies and the Canadian Avalanche Centre (CAC) is calling the risk of avalanche "considerable" -- although the largest risk remains outside of the resort areas.

Officials are reminding people who plan to visit the back country this weekend exercise caution and stay off steep terrain.

The CAC recommends bringing along a shovel, probe and transceiver and taking an avalanche awareness course if possible.

Matt Mosteller from the Resorts of the Canadian Rockies says while the risk is monitored daily, there are things skiers can do to keep safe.

“The most important thing is to stay inside the ski resort boundaries, and enjoy your skiing and riding there,” he said.

Mosteller advises never skiing out in back country in any condition without proper gear and training.

According to the CAC, 146 fatalities were caused by avalanches between 2000 and 2010. 


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