Avalanche Canada has issued a rare “extreme warning” for many slopes in the Sea-to-Sky region of British Columbia, just north of Vancouver.
The organization’s website says large avalanches are “almost certain” on alpine and treeline levels of slopes in the region that includes Whistler and Garibaldi Provincial Park
Avalanche Canada adds that between 40 centimetres and a metre of new snow, coupled with strong winds and warming temperatures, will “cause a natural avalanche cycle.”
The warning follows the deaths of two men on Monday following an avalanche in northwestern B.C.’s Tatshenshini-Alsek Park, near Haines Summit.
Meanwhile, the search for 34-year-old Mark Gayowski continues in B.C.’s rugged Monashee Mountains.
Gayowski went out skiing around noon local time on Monday in an unfamiliar area of the Red Mountain Ski Resort, about 14 kilometres northwest of Trail.
An average of 11 people die annually in Canada as a result of avalanches–about 80 per cent of the fatalities are in B.C.
Wtih files from CP, CBC, Avalanche Canada