Renshaw Avalanche Area Re-opened to Public
Prince George, B.C. – The BC Corners Service has given permission for the re-opening of the Renshaw area near McBride following an investigation of the avalanche which killed five Alberta snowmobilers on Friday. But there is also a very stern word of caution which should be heeded.
The Coroners Service says an avalanche technician it had retained examined the area on Saturday in an effort to determine the cause of the avalanche. With that portion of the investigation concluded the Coroners Service says there is no reason to keep the area closed to the public.
However, it has issued a very clear advisory that anyone thinking of venturing into that area, or any other back country location in B.C., is strongly urged to check the Avalanche Canada website, www.avalanche.ca to find out what the avalanche risk is before heading out.
Further it advises that everyone heading into the back country should have avalanche training provided through Avalanche Canada and should have all relevant safety equipment with them.
The five victims, aged 41, 47, 49, 52 and 55, were among 17 snowmobilers in four separate groups who were caught in the large avalanche, 20 kilometres east of McBride, around 1:30 Friday afternoon.
The Coroners Service had ordered the Renshaw area closed to all but emergency personnel in the wake of the tragedy.