Avalanche Season Returns
Prince George, B.C.- With the recent tease of snowfall, sledders are anxious to hit the high country, and Avalanche Canada is hoping they will check the conditions before heading out.Avalanche forecasting season is now underway. While forecasts are few and far between this early in the season, Avalanche Canada has added some new features to its forecasting website, and the one that will likely be most popular with folks in the Prince George region, is a pilot project called Hot Zone Reports.
Hot Zone reports will provide information on avalanche conditions and general risk management advice in the Renshaw and Kakwa regions of the North Rockies as well as the Hankin-Evelyn and Telkwa regions of the Northwest Inland.
The site specific reports will rely on information from the Mountain Information Network which is the Avalanche Canada online platform that allows recreational users to share their backcountry observations. That information will be supplemented with data from weather stations and computer models of the snowpack. There are already reports from the MIN about the Shames Mtn region near Terrace and the Hankin-Evelyn Telkwa area.
Avalanche Canada is also adding more layers of information on the main page of its website , starting with remote weather stations in Kananaskis Country. Clicking on the icon in that region will give users detailed information on snowfall, air temperature, wind speed and direction and relative humidity. More weather stations will be added to the map over the season to give users easy access to timely data.
Daily avalanche forecasts are available at the Avalanche.ca website as well as information on essential safety equipment, training courses and online resources.