Revelstoke Mountain Resort, BC, made the decision not to open yesterday ‘out of an abundance of safety concerns’ due to ‘extreme avalanche hazard’.
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Revelstoke, who only opened for the season the previous day, had seen almost a foot of fresh snow, on top of 32″ the previous week. Avalanche danger in the area was rated high by Avalanche Canada.
“On Sunday, a widespread natural storm slab avalanche cycle was observed up to size 3 and running to valley bottom along the Highway 1 corridor near Revelstoke. Explosive control work at alpine and treeline elevations produced storm slabs up to size 2.5, some notables entraining loose wet and running full path.”
Out of an abundance of safety concerns, we have made the decision to keep the Resort closed today due to extreme avalanche hazard. Our intent is to reopen tomorrow as conditions allow.
The resort initially postponed opening while avalanche assessments were made, but quickly made the announcement that they would be closed for the day. Explaining further, the resort says they were dealing with a historic event.
“Step 1: Assess. Step 2: Mitigate. It’s important we get a good handle on what we are dealing with before creating a plan of attack. This is a historic event with unprecedented hazards inside our operating boundary.”
– Revelstoke Mountain Resort
The resort hopes to be open today.