Avalanche Canada says Kootenay Boundary residents should avoid the backcountry for now. Photo: Thinkstock/Getty Images

Kootenay Boundary under avalanche watch

The area around Nelson is listed as a high danger for avalanches

Avalanche Canada is advising anyone in the Kootenay Boundary region, including Nelson, to steer clear of the backcountry this weekend.

The organization has listed the Kootenay Boundary, as well as the Purcell mountain range that includes Kimberley and Cranbrook, and the South Columbia region encompassing Nakusp west to Vernon, as a high risk for avalanches.

“It appears that we’ve hit the tipping point, very large avalanches ran nearly full path Wednesday, and this activity will likely persist into Thursday,” reads website.

“Don’t over-think it, just avoid avalanche terrain, our snowpack needs time to adjust.”

The forecast for Friday and Saturday is a “considerable” risk for avalanches.

An avalanche near Whitewater Ski Resort last week hospitalized one man.

Just Posted

Bounty on West Kootenay northern pike

$10 a head reward for northern pike caught in Columbia, Kootenay and Pend d’ Oreille Rivers.

Nelson fire department douses blaze on CPR land

Nelson police are investigating

‘The Columbia River is on fire!’

Fishing columnist Kerry Reed on the great fishing in the Columbia River and Kootenay Lake

LETTERS: Proportional representation debate not balanced

From readers Marty Horswill and Steve Fawcett

France doubles up Croatia 4-2 to win World Cup

Played in Moscow Russia, latest Fifa World Cup marks the highest scoring final since 1966

REPLAY: B.C.’s best video this week

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

Non-union construction industry fears exclusion in B.C.

Premier John Horgan imposes ‘project labour agreements’ for public works

Trump, Putin sit down a bit late for closely watched summit

Trump and Putin arrived Monday at Helsinki’s presidential palace for a long-awaited summit.

In TV interview, Trump claims queen called Brexit ‘complex’

Asked the queen’s view on Brexit, Trump said: “She said it’s a very complex problem.”

Exotic corpse flower begins to emit its putrid scent at Vancouver conservatory

A unique and exotic tropical plant, acclaimed for its size and abhorred for its smell, is blooming at a Vancouver conservatory.

CREA reports June home sales down 10.7% from year ago, but up from May

The Canadian Real Estate Association says home sales in June were down 10.7 per cent compared with a year ago.

Tens of thousands give heroes’ welcome to Croatia team

Euphoria gave way to a mixture of disappointment and pride for Croatia fans after their national team lost to France in its first ever World Cup final.

Former NHL goalie Ray Emery drowns in Lake Ontario

Police say the 35-year-old’s death appears to be a ‘case of misadventure’

Air quality statement warns of smoky air for Kamloops area

Environment ministry says area on north side of Thompson River may be affected by wildfire smoke

Most Read