Some Avalanche Centers Ask Skiers to Stay Home, Others Keep Forecasting

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Avalanche Canada announced they would be stopping their forecasts for the remainder of the season, beginning March 24. The organization is responsible for assessing and forecasting avalanche hazard across all Canadian avalanche terrain, namely in Alberta and British Columbia.

Executive director Giles Valade said that they are no longer confident in their forecasts due to a lack of on-the-ground data points as most heli and cat ski ops, ski resorts, professional guides, and lodges have ceased operation in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Moreover, Valade says the EMS system is concerned about responding to incidents in the field while they’re operating at reduced capacities. “Their own ranks are diminished through responders and healthcare professionals self-isolating,” he says. “I’ve…

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