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Avalanche risk: Exercise extreme caution in backcountry
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Avalanche risk: Exercise extreme caution in backcountry

CANADA, January 24 - The Province is urging people to be prepared and extremely cautious in the backcountry, with continued high and considerable avalanche risk forecast in many areas of B.C. “Being caught in an avalanche is a life-threatening situation that has already claimed five lives in British Columbia this year,” said Bowinn Ma, Minister of Emergency Management and Climate Readiness. “Avalanche Canada continues to forecast dangerous snowpack and we’re urging everyone to exercise heightened levels of caution and vigilance in the backcountry this season. This year’s snowpack is being compared to 2003, which was one of the worst years for avalanche fatalities. Please ch...
Nelson police officer killed in avalanche, second officer critically injured
Global News

Nelson police officer killed in avalanche, second officer critically injured

The Nelson Police Board has confirmed one of its officers has died and another is critically injured after they were caught in an avalanche near Kaslo. It adds, both officers were on snowmobiles when the incident occured.The City of Nelson made the announcement in a Facebook post Monday evening.The identities of the officers have not been publicly shared. Trending Now Global News spoke with Nelson mayor Janice Morisson, who offers her condolences to the family.The City says more information will be released in the coming days.Global News has reached out to first responders for comment. Story continues below advertisement  This is a developing story.More to come. Source link
Avalanche Canada introduces new forecasting model, says it’s easier to use
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Avalanche Canada introduces new forecasting model, says it’s easier to use

Heading into the backcountry? Avalanche Canada says it has a new forecasting system that outdoor enthusiasts will find easier to use.The new model will group areas that have similar avalanche conditions, along with giving users relevant information. 3:43 New avalanche forecast system unveiled “This new system allows our forecasts to more accurately reflect backcountry conditions,” Avalanche Canada says on its website. Story continues below advertisement “Our regions are now determined by the avalanche conditions. We’ve made these changes to tackle one of our biggest problems with our old system, where con...