Skiers beware: that new avalanche danger advisory from Avalanche Canada isn’t just hot air. In case anyone in Rossland isn’t yet aware of the event, three skiers were caught in a small release while skiing near Rossland recently, and one of them went to the hospital with a concussion.
They were skiing on fairly steep terrain with smooth bedrock underlying the snow. Recent fluctuations in temperature added to the risk of a release. Even a small release can result in damage to the human body — even a strong, fit, and well-conditioned one.
Skiers in other areas of the Rossland range have also noticed signs of instability in the snowpack in some places. Be wary of “pocket” hazards.
And if you observe any release, or are involved in one, please be sure to report it on the Avalanche Canada website: