first_imgREVELSTOKE, B.C. — Avalanche Canada has released a report for the Northern Rockies, following the death of five people caught in an avalanche near McBride one week ago.Public Avalanche Warning Service Field Programs Manager, Ilya Storm, writes that ‘warmth and wind are the strengths of Friday’s storm, only 5 to maybe 15 cm of snow is expected,’ and that ‘Saturday will cool off and dry out with the westerly wind; it looks like a day with a mix of sun & clouds.’“Avalanche hazard will increase with wind, warmth, and new snow in two ways,” he adds. “Fresh wind slabs in the upper layers are on the radar. It should be relatively easy to avoid wind-loaded features or manage this problem.”- Advertisement -Storm says another big change may come up on Monday, when a warm, dry ridge building over B.C. ‘could raise temperatures higher than we’ve seen this year.’ According to Avalanche Canada, Wind, warmth, and new snow will add stress and test the persistent surface layer.“Right now, managing this deeper weakness is the bigger challenge. It’s difficult to figure out with any confidence what slopes have hidden trigger points and which don’t. A structured approach to selecting your terrain, and a disciplined approach to managing your group are great strategies for taking control of your avalanche risk rather than leaving it to chance.”Storm reminds backcountry explorers to limit their exposure to overhead hazards from slopes above, remain disciplined in the terrain selection, and be cautious with slopes that are convoluted and have variable snow depths.Advertisementlast_img read more