Chinook winds usher warm weather into Alberta on Saturday, but skiers and snowboarders shouldn’t be tempted to head into the backcountry.
Avalanche Canada and Parks Canada issued a special public avalanche warning for Thursday through Monday, that applies to the following areas in B.C.’s interior:
- Lizard Range & Flathead
- South Rockies
- Kootenay Boundary
- South & North Columbia
- Glacier National Park
- The Cariboos
Bulletins were also issued for Jasper, Banff, Yoho, Kootenay and Kananaskis national parks.
The snowpack contains weak layers, Avalanche Canada said in the warning, that have been buried by recent snowstorms.
“The weight of the new snow has brought this unstable snowpack to a critical point, making it very easy for skiers or snowmobilers to trigger large avalanches,” the warning said.
Karl Klassen, the warning service manager for Avalanche Canada, says not to underestimate conditions during this time of year.
“If you feel firmer snow on the surface with softer weaker snow underneath those are classic signs that avalanche conditions are ripe, and you might want to be more cautious in those places than you would be at other times of year,” Klassen told CBC News.
Parks Canada safety specialist Aaron Beardmore said skiers, hikers and snowboarders that do venture out should start early during the day while the snow pack is still sealed by the cooler temperatures and less likely to slide.
“The nicer part of the day is obviously in the afternoon when temperatures are warmer and if you’re interacting with snow in that warm part of the day that’s when that risk is much higher,” said Beardmore.
Another important tip is to practice rescue techniques, carry the right equipment and plan each trip wisely.
Kananaskis Country public safety specialist Jeremy Mackenzie said people venturing out into the backcountry should not only carry a transceiver, shovel and probe, but that they should make sure they know how use them.
“Even a small avalanche could be very hazardous to you if it happens to knock you off a cliff or off balance, so you may not actually get buried by the avalanche but you may get pushed into some terrain or off some terrain,” Mackenzie said.
“If there’s enough snow to ride, there’s enough snow to slide.”
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Sherwood Park is a large hamlet in Alberta, Canada within Strathcona County that is recognized as an urban service area. It is located adjacent to the City of Edmonton’s eastern boundary, generally south of Highway 16 (Yellowhead Trail), west of Highway 21 and north of Highway 630 (Wye Road). Other portions of Sherwood Park extend beyond Yellowhead Trail and Wye Road, while Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) separates Refinery Row to the west from the balance of the hamlet to the east.
Sherwood Park was established in 1955 on farmland of the Smeltzer family, east of Edmonton. With a population of 70,618 in 2016, Sherwood Park has enough people to be Alberta’s seventh largest city, but technically retains the status of a hamlet. The Government of Alberta recognizes the Sherwood Park Urban Service Area as equivalent to a city.
Sherwood Park, originally named Campbelltown, was founded by John Hook Campbell and John Mitchell in 1953 when the Municipal District of Strathcona No. 83 approved their proposed development of a bedroom community east of Edmonton. The first homes within the community were marketed to the public in 1955. Canada Post intervened on the name of Campbelltown due to the existence of several other communities in Canada within the same name, so the community’s name was changed to Sherwood Park in 1956.
The Sherwood Park Urban Service Area is located in the Edmonton Capital Region along the western edge of central Strathcona County adjacent to the City of Edmonton. The majority of the community is bound by Highway 16 (Yellowhead Highway) to the north, Highway 21 to the east, Highway 630 (Wye Road) to the south, and Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) to the west. The Refinery Row portion of Sherwood Park is located across Anthony Henday Drive to the west, between Sherwood Park Freeway and Highway 16. Numerous developments fronting the south side of Wye Road, including Wye Gardens, Wye Crossing, Salisbury Village and the Estates of Sherwood Park, are also within the community. Lands north of Highway 16 and south of Township Road 534/Oldman Creek between Range Road 232 (Sherwood Drive) to the west and Highway 21 to the east are also within the Sherwood Park urban service area.
Originally posted 2018-01-13 04:09:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter