Avalanche Warnings Issued For Coastal Regions in B.C., Along With Heavy Rain

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 3, 2012 11:39 am

Whistler Blackcomb

Pay close attention for those wishing to ski/ride along the western coastal mountains in B.C. as there have been avalanche warnings issued for certain parts of the western region in B.C.

A southwesterly flow moving into B.C.’s coastal regions today is expected to bring around 20 millimetres of rain with it.

And while the wet weather will put a damper on some outdoor activities, by mid-week, cooler temperatures and a lower freezing level will help ski resorts who have just opened for the season.

Environment Canada meteorologist Ross Macdonald said the freezing level will rise to about 1,500 metres today. By Tuesday, the freezing level for many parts of B.C. will drop to about 1,000m, with a north to northwest wind moving in.

Whistler Mountain received about 20 centimetres of snow over the weekend, according to Macdonald.

The North Shore’s Grouse Mountain had 31cm of snow over the weekend, with the ski area having two chairs and the terrain park open.

“Things are looking good here,” said the resort’s spokeswoman, Sarah Lusk.

The snow base at The Peak is 108cm, while lower down it sits at 48cm. The skating rink by the lodge is now open for business. 

Mt. Seymour’s Eddie Wood said the resort still needs more snow to open. Last year, Seymour opened on November 25.

And while the snowfall is limited, there is still an avalanche risk around B.C. so be aware of your surroundings and make sure to check snow reports before heading out to certain parts of the mountain, especially the backcountry.

The Canadian Avalanche Centre is warning skiers and backcountry users about the unstable snowpack that has resulted in the avalanche rating in many parts of B.C. being rated as high.

The CAC is advising backcountry users to stay on low-angle slopes and check the centre’s snow ratings before heading out.