Avalanche Canada has issued its first warning of the winter, alerting anyone going into the North Shore Mountains of high-risk conditions in the alpine and treeline.
“Heavy snowfall over Wednesday and the overnight period has created a new storm slab problem. A weak layer of surface hoar recently observed on the North Shore mountains may make slabs especially touchy. This problem may now affect lower elevation areas where the new snow has buried smooth surfaces,” the warning issued Thursday morning states.
The risk is projected to decrease into the weekend. Even so, North Shore Rescue recommends carrying avalanche gear in the mountains, getting proper training, and learning to avoid avalanche prone areas at this time of year.