Parks Canada Warn of Extreme Avalanche Risk

Posted by Kyle Brookings on Sunday, January 6, 2019

Parks Canada have issued a warning about the extreme risk of an avalanche in Alberta and B.C..

Banff, Yoho, Kootenay and Jasper national parks have been walloped by heavy snow recently, leaving the risk of avalanches severe.

The rating forecast is extreme, which means people should avoid all avalanche terrain because natural and human-triggered avalanches are certain.

An avalanche occurs when a layer of snow collapses and slides downhill.

Avalanches can travel up to 90 km/h.

After one hour, only one in three victims buried in an avalanche is found alive. The most common causes of death are suffocation, wounds and hypothermia.

When traveling in backcountry, always travel in a group. Ensure you have an experienced group leader. Always stay within view of your group.

The Team

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