Heavy snow over the last day means the risk for an avalanche in Kananaskis Country is high. 

Avalanche Canada urges outdoor enthusiasts to steer clear of the backcountry in Kananaskis Country until the high avalanche risk subsides.

Up to 60 cm of snow could fall in the area before Thursday which means avalanche conditions are considered "very dangerous".

Avalanche experts warn that the recent snowfall will rest atop predominantly solid or melt/freeze crust across the region, increasing the likelihood of significant avalanches, particularly on steep terrain.

  • Be vigilant for shifting conditions today; storm slabs may become more prone to reacting.
  • The size of storm slabs and their sensitivity to triggering are expected to escalate as the day progresses.
  • Exercise heightened caution across all elevations as storm snow is forming sensitive slabs.


“Patience is the game here; wait for the new snow to settle and bond before venturing into the backcountry,” stated Avalanche Canada.