Backcountry Avalanche Risk Expected to Rise in Coming Days

John Crawford

The backcountry avalanche hazard in the northwest is listed as moderate right now -- but it's expected to climb in the coming days.

Avalanche Canada's website (  says that a brief lull between storms should make for some good riding -- but snowmobilers and backcountry skiers are warned to pay attention to areas of wind-affected snow.


The hazard rating today is listed as "Moderate" for all elevations in the Coastal Zone, and for all areas in the Inland Zone except for the alpine, where it's rated "Considerable".

But by Wednesday, Environment Canada is predicting another weather system to sweep through our area, dropping as much as 50 centimetres of new snow on the backcountry -- and the freezing level is expected to rise to around 1400 metres.

Consequently, the danger rating is expected to rise to "High" at all elevations of  the Coastal Zone and "Considerable" in the Inland Zone by mid-week.

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