Avalanche Canada to Provide Northern Rockies Avalanche Forecasts for First Time

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3 field-workers. Credit: AvCan

Recreational backcountry users in the northern Rockies now have access to an avalanche forecast, for the first time.

“We are very pleased to be able to issue forecasts three times a week for the North Rockies,” said James Floyer, a forecast program supervisor with AvCan. “Producing forecasts for this region has long been a priority for us and thanks to a recent increase in federal funding, we are now able to make this happen.”

Avalanche Canada (AvCan) will be providing a regular forecast for the Rocky Mountains from Highway 16 in the south to Hudson’s Hope in the north, spanning the BC–Alberta border. This is a very popular winter backcountry destination for snowmobilers and backcountry skiers.

There will be three field-workers working in the region and they will collect snowpack information for the forecasters in Revelstoke. This will enable forecasts to be published every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday all winter.

“Our field teams play a key role for forecasting in data-sparse regions like the North Rockies,” said Floyer. “In addition to collecting snowpack data, they are able to make valuable connections with backcountry recreationists while working in the field and showcase safe backcountry travel habits through social media.”

The forecasts can be found here. Bookmark it…

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