Preliminary shut down
It has been an exceptional winter but due to extenuating circumstances VIACS has decided to do its part to “flatten the curve”. Due to Covid 19 and the government’s request to limit non-essential travel “the stay at home request”, we have decided to suspend our avalanche forecasting services until further notice. We remain an independent avalanche service and will continue to provide our services to you next winter . Until then, stay healthy, think of those around you. If you have to travel in the backcountry for work or essential services, please make conservative choices as our healthcare system on Vancouver Island is already under pressure.
If you are rescue services or need to travel through avalanche terrain for your essentials, here are things to still consider….
- The snow is not done with us yet. Remember to give storm snow time to settle before venturing out (a good 24-48 hours can do wonders for stability here on the island). -Watch for warming temperatures as we move into spring… thaw can quickly destabilize the upper snowpack and create loose wet avalanche activity. -Cornices that built up over winter will become weaker as temps climb. The first really big warm ups and especially the first big rain events in the alpine, will result in large cornice failures. Watch your exposure during these times both above and below these sleeping giants.
- Rescue and essential service can feel free to contact us for a more indepth snowpack stability analysis by emailing forecaster@islandavalanchebulletin .com