Jan 15, 2007
Near-record snowfalls combined with extraordinary winds have resulted in the Canadian Avalanche Centre in Revelstoke issuing a special avalanche warning for vast areas of British Columbia. Most at risk are the Skeena and Coast Mountains near Smithers, Stewart and Terrace, the Columbia Mountains all the way from Prince George to Nelson and Kimberley, and the South Coast and Cascade Mountains in southwest B.C. The centre calls the conditions "UNPRECEDENTED" and is advising people to avoid spending time in natural avalanche paths in the mountains. "Over the past several days, we've seen isolated but significant SUPER-SIZED avalanches releasing the entire winter's snowpack. "They run all the way to the valley floor below and are large enough to take out an entire group of people."