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Avalanche danger in British Columbia this weekend

There's a heightened risk of avalanches in BC this weekend
There's a heightened risk of avalanches in BC this weekend

Staff writers

February 23, 2012 — Skiers and snowmobilers are being asked to stay out of BC's backcountry this weekend due to a heightened risk of avalanches.

The risk of avalanches in BC
The risk of avalanches in BC

Avalanche forecasters are strongly urging skiers, snowboarders and snowmobilers in British Columbia to avoid the backcountry this weekend. 

They say that underneath the fresh powder, there are weak layers of snow that have stacked up over the last month. Experts say that snow could give way to deadly avalanches under the weight of outdoor enthusiasts. 

A special bulletin was issued on Thursday. It includes a large swath of B.C.'s backcountry, including the Cariboos, the North and South Columbias, the North and South Rockies, the Lizard Range, the Purcells, and South Coast Inland and Northwest Inland. 

Despite a lower-than-average number of fatalities in British Columbia this season, experts say that could change. They add that weak conditions at this point in the year often catch people by surprise.

Outdoor enthusiasts are advised to stick to controlled ski areas.  

Four skiers and one snowmobiler have died in avalanches this winter season. 

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