REVELSTOKE, B.C. — The Canadian Avalanche Centre is extending its forecasting season because of cool spring weather and the lingering threat of avalanches.
Centre Manager Karl Klassen says the office in Revelstoke, B.C., normally closes at the end of this week, but it’s staying open a few more weeks to keep an eye on snow conditions in the mountains of B.C. and Alberta.
He says that while skiers and snowmobilers are enjoying an extended season, they should continue to plan trips as if it were winter, especially this long weekend.
Klassen says the warning also applies to people taking part in activities like dirt biking in valley bottoms.
He says while some areas may be clear of snow they may still be exposed to the threat of avalanches from the slopes above.
Eleven people died in avalanches in B.C. and Alberta this past winter.