Heavy snow, high avalanche risk closes part of the Trans Canada Highway in BC
Friday, January 3, 2014, 12:36 PM -
Heavy snow piled up along many BC Interior highways through the overnight Thursday, increasing the avalanche risk and prompting officials to close part of the Trans Canada Highway from east of Sicamous near Craigellachie to Revelstoke.
The road is scheduled to reopen late Friday morning and motorists are advised to use Highway 3 as an alternate route, although the Kootenay Pass portion of Highway 3 will be closed for several hours due to avalanche control.
Travel advisories have also been issued along the Coquihalla connector and Highway 5 from Kamloops to Vavenby.
The avalanche risk across many parts of southern BC remains "high" and backcountry travelers are being advised to use caution when picking their routes through the weekend.
While the storm and heavy snow created dangerous driving conditions, it's great news for those eager to hit the slopes.
Lauren Everest from Whistler's Blackcomb says their operation is almost entirely open.
"We have 8,100 acres of skiable terrain, and 7,000 of those acres are open for skiing and snowboarding right now."
Everest adds that even though it's been much milder in Vancouver, conditions are perfect for skiing at Whistler.
"The skiing up here is great and I know that down in Vancouver it’s been a little wetter than usual, but when you see rain in Vancouver, it means snow up here in the alpine in our mountains. So, come up here, check it out, and see it for yourself."