Feb 1/08: Special Avalanche Warning Issued for Vancouver's North Shore Mountains ...
A special avalanche warning for skiers heading out to the
backcountry in the North Shore Mountains of Vancouver and surrounding
areas has been issued for the weekend by the Canadian Avalanche
"We are issuing this warning to get the message out that an extra
margin of safety is required for anyone travelling in the avalanche
terrain this coming weekend," said CAC operations manager John Kelly.
"The recent new snow is making backcountry travel very attractive,"
Kelly said, referring to a large amount of snow that has fallen in the
past week on top of an unusually weak layer in the snowpack of this
"The colder weather earlier this month created this weakness," he
said, "and we are concerned that recreational backcountry users in
this area will not have much experience with this type of problem."
Conditions in the mountains are so dangerous the North Shore Search
and Rescue team is warning that it might not be able to rescue anyone
lost or injured in the backcountry this weekend.
"There may be an instance where we may not be able to do it," team co-ordinator
Tim Jones told CBC News on Thursday.
"When you get this kind of bulletin, as a search and rescue team, we
have to communicate to the public that things are being put out for a
reason — they're worried," said Jones.
The temperature needs to warm up for the risk to go down, said Jones,
and until then, people should stay in bounds and out of the
Jones said he had never seen a similar bulletin for the Vancouver
The area affected by the special warning includes the Howe Sound Crest
and extends east to the Coquihalla Summit. The warning will be in
place from Friday through Sunday.
The warning does not apply to areas inside the boundaries of ski