more snow.......! lots more snow....


4:14 AM PST Monday 06 February 2017
Snowfall warning in effect for:

  • Arrow Lakes - Slocan Lake(which effects us over here in the north kootenay lake area, too)...

A low pressure system moving across the interior will continue to give snow heavy at times over the Kootenays today.

Total snowfall accumulations of 15 to 35 cm can be expected by this evening before the snow tapers off to a few flurries. Gusty winds will also accompany the system producing localised blowing snow.

Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow. If visibility is reduced while driving, slow down, watch for tail lights ahead and be prepared to stop.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to or tweet reports to #BCStorm.

Warnings... Feb 4-5-...

highway 31, cooper creek highway cam.

highway 31, cooper creek highway cam.


3:42 AM PST Saturday 04 February 2017

Snowfall, with total amounts of about 15 cm is expected in the area.

An active weather system off the BC Coast will continue to give periods of heavy snow to the Kootenays. Another 10 cm of snow can be expected today, with another 10 to 15 cm likely tonight.

Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over some locations. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to or tweet reports to #BCStorm.


Monitor for further updates.

Avalanche Awareness Days.... January 21 and 22, 2017.

From Avalanche Canada:


Celebrate winter and our beautiful backcountry and become more avalanche aware! There are a number of events through the winter season in various locales.

In our area, check out Red Mt in Rossland or Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in Golden to see what they have planned...

Avalanche Awareness Days is a national celebration of Canada's avalanche safety expertise and an invitation to enjoy the winter backcountry with education and training. No matter what your mode of travel, or your level of knowledge, there are Avalanche Awareness Days events throughout BC, AB and QC that you will enjoy. Check our events page for an event near you. Many events take place on Jan. 21-22, but there are other dates as well.



Ho ho HO!

The holiday season can be fascinating for curious pets ... or disasterous... With just one well placed excited wag of a tail, your beautiful Christmas tree with all the family heirloom ornaments so carefully placed...can go flying; causing instant havoc that will not only scare your pet, but probably put a damper on your day as well.... (!)

Below are links (giving equal time to those both cat people and dog people...) to tips for helping to eep your pet and your self safe during the holidays.  

All the best for a safe and happy year to come in 2017!

News from the Avalanche techs....for Area D, Lardeau Valley.

We are experiencing a big shift in the weather pattern this week.  The cold, dry and stable conditions that dominated the last couple of weeks are on the way out and being replaced by active and snowy conditions with a series of systems expected to pass over the region in the coming days.  Snowfall amounts are often difficult to forecast when moisture overrides cold air trapped in the valley. Things can change fast with this pattern. Today New Denver had more than three times the maximum snowfall that yesterday afternoons weather forecast called for.      
As we get to this point in the season it’s a good time to remind everyone of the mandate of the Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructures Avalanche Program. It’s pretty simple and pretty clear.

-          Ensure the safety of all highway users.
-          Minimize the frequency and duration of avalanche related closures and delays.

We take the safety of the traveling public and highway maintenance workers very seriously, this is first and foremost for us.  That said we recognize what a big deal Hwy closures are for the people who live and work north of Lardeau.  We take the impact that closures create to heart and do what we can to keep everyone moving and informed.  We will provide email updates when we see potential highway closures on the horizon so you can prepare and hopefully minimize the related inconvenience.    As stated above safety will always come first but we will do what we can to accommodate.
Over the past few summers with help from YRB crews we have enlarged the ditches and created catchment areas under the Lardeau avalanche paths in an effort to contain avalanche debris before it impacts the highway.  This has helped us to keep the road open longer during storms and reduced clean up time helping to get the road open quicker when it does close. These static defences are well suited to catching small avalanches like those that could happen with a storm cycle like we are expecting this week.
Although there isn’t much snow on the bluffs right now, the cold dry conditions over the past two weeks has driven the process of faceting within the shallow snow pack, turning the snow sugary and non-cohesive.  This type of snow is weak and will collapse under the load of incoming storm snow especially if temperatures rise towards zero degrees. 

There is potential for small avalanches through the week.  No Highway closures or delays are planned at this time
As always the best place to get highway updates is This is especially true when the highway is closed.
Drive safe
Kevin Maloney
Avalanche Program Supervisor
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
Kootenay Program.       Email:


The long awaited Kaslo Search and Rescue boat has arrived! Launched Dec 10, at Kaslo Bay Park with much appreciation and thanks for the KSAR team and to all the sponsors and funders who helped bring this valuable resource to our area.

The unveiling....

The unveiling....

Kaslo Search and Rescue team with new SAR boat.

Kaslo Search and Rescue team with new SAR boat.