Avoid backcountry due to avalanche risk: Parks Canada
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Avoid backcountry due to avalanche risk: Parks Canada

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Parks Canada is urging outdoor enthusiasts to avoid the backcountry this weekend due to high avalanche risk.

According to the agency’s avalanche bulletin, the risk in Banff, Yoho, Kootenay and Jasper National Parks is considered “very dangerous.”

The warning also extends to some regions of Kananaskis.

Over the next few days, up to 25 cm of snow is forecast in parts of Banff National Park.

The bulletin said heavy snowfall on top of already weak layers means avalanches are “very likely” and are expected to be “large” or “very large.” All slopes are considered at risk of a slide.

Parks Canada urged backcountry users to avoid all avalanche terrain.

The warning does not extend to any the area’s downhill ski resorts.

More information can be found at: avalanche.pc.gc.ca.