Avalanche conditions can deteriorate at anytime: experts

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Experts warn stable avalanche conditions can deteriorate at anytime – Jan 17, 2016

CALGARY -As the snowpack deepens in Kananaskis Country, changes in weather conditions can trigger an avalanche in moments.

Conditions have been favorable so far this winter, but it might not last according to Jill Sawyer with Alberta Parks.

“This year has been remarkably stable than in the past. That could change at any moment,” warned Sawyer.

“Cold clear weather on this side of the Rockies has made it ready to go.”

Less rain in November compared to last year has helped keep the snowpack stable for now.

Sawyer said all it takes is another big snowfall for conditions to deteriorate.

Avalanche Safety

Albertans are invited to learn about avalanche safety at a free event to mark Avalanche Awareness Day in Kananaskis Country.

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The fourth annual event offers hands-on workshops in snowpack analysis, rescue techniques and demonstrations with avalanche rescue dogs.

Winter safety experts will also be on hand talking about winter survival, including how to start a fire and build a snow hut.

Avalanche forecasts are available online at

The forecast is Kananaskis Country is updated every morning, and later in the day.

Avalanche Awareness Day begins Sunday, Jan. 17, and runs from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m at Peter Lougheed Provincial Park.

The whole family is invited to drop-in for the free event.

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