Avalanche Canada warns of high risk in the backcountry

A day after North Shore Rescue members recovered the body of a snowshoer killed by an avalanche near Mount Seymour, Avalanche Canada is issuing a stern warning about the risk of further slides in the backcountry.

According to the agency, a snowstorm blowing in to the South Coast is expected to pile another 10 to 15 centimetres of snow on top of a weak layer buried 50 centimetres down, which could easily be triggered.

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“Human-triggered avalanches will be likely over the weekend, especially on steeper terrain. The clearing skies and fresh snow will be very inviting but we are urging backcountry users to be extra cautious during this period,” said James Floyer, warning program supervisor for Avalanche Canada.

Avalanche Canada conducted extra snowpack tests on Wednesday as part of the investigation into the death of Remigiusz Michalowski.

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