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Posted: January 4, 2021

Considerable avalanche risk in Purcells

Avalanche Canada is reporting considerable avalanche danger ratings for the alpine, treeline and below treeline for the Purcell Mountains.

All three zones were inundated by “25-35 cm of new snow and strong southwesterly winds Saturday night formed widespread reactive storm slabs at all elevations. Human triggering of large slab avalanches continues to be likely on Monday,” Avalanche Canada stated.

The local Rockies are showing varying avalanche risks.

For the Lizard-Flathead, Avalanche Canada suggests “carefully evaluate your terrain choices, triggering storm slab avalanches remains a concern (especially at higher elevations).” The area has considerable avalanche risk in the alpine and treeline with moderate risk below tree line.

North in the South Rockies, which includes the area along the B.C./Alberta border to the north edge of Elk Lakes Provincial Park and west to the Cranbrook area, there is considerable avalanche risk in the alpine and moderate risk in the treeline and below treeline.

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