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New B.C. avalanche awareness signage in place

New avalanche awareness signage around the province will give backcountry enthusiasts access to better information for evaluating avalanche risks, the Ministry of Natural Resource Operations announced Wednesday.

Avalanche awareness signs, mainly targeting snowmobilers, were posted at 23 highway locations and most of the 85 snowmobile locations in the province, the ministry said. The signs warn of avalanche terrain and provide a telephone number and address to call for up-to-date avalanche conditions.

The ministry is also planning on installing Avaluator signage at nine of the province's most popular snowmobiling trail access sites, including Boulder Mountain and Frisby Ridge near Revelstoke. 

The signs will provide a map of the area that indicates the terrain risk in regards to avalanches.

"It's important that outdoor enthusiasts have access to accurate and relevant information as they head into the backcountry," said Steve Thomson, Minister of Natural Resource Operations. "This new signage, including the new Avaluator signage, will help people to recreate safely in the backcountry whether they are sledding, skiing, snowboarding or hiking."

Les Auston, executive director of the BC Snowmobile Federation, said the federation was pleased to see the provincial government support avalanche safety initiatives.

This weekend the Canadian Avalanche Centre is hosting an Avalanche Awareness Day event at the new Boulder Mountain cabin.

Avalanche conditions in the mountains around Revelstoke is currently rated at high in the alpine, considerable at treeline and moderate at below treeline, according to the Canadian Avalanche Centre. Conditions are expected to worsen as the current storm system unloads more snow onto the mountains.

Visit the avalanche centre's website for the latest avalanche bulletins. 

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