February 18th, 2018

Special avalanche warning issued for the backcountry in the Canadian Rockies

By The Canadian Press on February 8, 2018.

The path of an avalanche near Redearth Creek in Banff National Park is seen in this combination of two handout photos taken approximately five minutes apart on February 4, 2018. A special avalanche warning has been issued for the backcountry in most mountain parks in Alberta and British Columbia. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Parks Canada *MANDATORY CREDIT*

BANFF NATIONAL PARK, Alta. – A special avalanche warning has been issued for the backcountry in most mountain parks in Alberta and British Columbia.

It runs from Friday until Monday, and includes Banff, Yoho, Kootenay, Jasper, Mount Revelstoke and Glacier national parks, as well as Kananaskis Country in Alberta.

The special warning from Parks Canada and Alberta Parks targets all recreational backcountry users including skiers, boarders, snowshoers and cross-country skiers.

It comes after a heavy snowfall throughout the region yesterday and today.

Officials say avalanche conditions, which have been elevated for the past two weeks, remain very touchy with a high likelihood of large slides.

Several highways in the same area are also facing short- and long-term closures due to high avalanche danger and ongoing avalanche control.

They include Highway 1 from Lake Louise to Sicamous, Rogers Pass through Glacier National Park, Highway 93N from Lake Louise to Jasper, and Highway 93S through Kootenay National Park.

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