By The Canadian Press on February 8, 2018.
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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