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Alberta resorts to extend ski season


Don't put your skis away just yet.
Don't put your skis away just yet.

Jill Colton, staff writer

May 1, 2011 — This weekend may be the last chance for skiers in Jasper, but other resorts are extending their season.

The avalanche risk is high in the backcountry.
The avalanche risk is high in the backcountry.

Ski lovers unite! Some Alberta resorts are extending their ski season.

Many areas reported fresh snow on Friday and as a result, Lake Louise hills will be open until May 8. Meanwhile, Sunshine Village in Banff has extended its season until May 23.

The same can't be said for Jasper's Marmot Basin. This weekend will be the last chance for skiers to hit the slopes.

Maggie Davison, with Jasper Tourism, blames the cold weather for people keeping people away this season. Although the numbers aren't in, the biggest drop seems to be in international visitors.

AVALANCHE RISK HIGH

The combination of the heavy snow pack and warm temperatures has led to a high risk of avalanches in the backcountry.

The Canadian Avalanche Centre says skiers and snowmobilers need to take caution and avoid any slope that's in the sunshine. It's recommended you stick to the cooler, shadier slopes that don't have as much snow.

Ilya Storm of the CAC says enthusiasts should make sure there isn't a cornice hanging over the slope.

The avalanche threat is particularly high in the Kananaskis, the Elk Valley and Crowsnest Pass areas of the South Rockies region.

With files from CBC

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