March 28, 2016 8:59 am

Search crews issue warning about winter conditions in the mountains

ABOVE: It's been a busy holiday weekend for search and rescue crews in the Ridge Meadows area. Volunteers were called out three separate times, interrupting a few of their Easter plans. Jordan Armstrong reports live.


Search crews in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows are recovering after a busy Easter weekend. They responded to three calls since Friday night.

The most serious incident happened Saturday when a 18-year-old man fell 12 metres off a mountain trail in Golden Ears Park.

He was taken to hospital in stable condition.

Rescuers are reminding the public to not let the mainland weather deceive you.

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“Right now it’s all warm and sunny down here, but it’s still winter conditions up in the mountain,” said Brent Boulet with Ridge Meadows Search and Rescue.

“There’s still lots of snow in higher elevations. Proper footwear and equipment is definitely a must.”

However, the snow was good news to anyone heading up to the North Shore Mountains this weekend.

Grouse Mountain was packed with skiers and snowboarders. Many were drawn to the hill after 15 centimetres fell from Saturday night to Sunday morning. Mount Seymour received 12 centimetres and Cypress Mountain got 15 centimetres.

A warning to anyone wanting to enjoy the snow in some of the lesser populated areas – Parks Canada has issued a special avalanche warning for the North Rockies and Kootenay and Jasper National Parks.

The warning says a weak layer has produced large human-triggered and natural avalanches and inexperienced backcountry users should avoid the terrain completely.


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