Albertan and British Columbian skiers and snowboarders looking to hit the slopes this Family Day long weekend should beware of an avalanche bulletin issued Friday.
Jasper, Banff, Yoho and Kootenay National Parks issued the Special Public Avalanche Warning (SPAW) for Friday, Feb. 17 until Monday, Feb. 20.
“The SPAW is to target out-of-bounds skiers and boarders interested in venturing out of the ski area boundaries and backcountry users who may not be following the avalanche danger bulletin for these regions,” reads an email from Parks Canada.
Parks Canada said the regions under the bulletin have had a “major avalanche cycle” with large avalanches running well into the run-out zones.
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The government agency said the natural activity is expected to taper off into the weekend, leaving tricky and dangerous conditions at treeline and above, “where large human-triggered avalanches are possible.”
Avalanche forecaster Ilya Storm has previously written about tips for people during ski and snowmobile season for Avalanche Canada:
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