Recent snow great for Sun Peaks, closes Highway 1 for avalanche control

Image Credit: Sun Peaks Resort

KAMLOOPS - The last several days have brought a bounty of fresh snow to the higher elevations which is great news for ski hills like Sun Peaks, but is causing concern in backcountry areas and along Highway 1.

About 45 centimetres of snow fell at the mid-mountain level in the past week at Sun Peaks, though that is well short of the 60 cms that fell at Silver Star Mountain in Vernon. The snow comes just in time for the Dew Tour Am at Sun Peaks, which begins today. Tokyo Police Club and Mother Mother will also be performing this weekend.

Today, March 26, Avalanche Canada has updated a public avalanche warning to include parts of the South Columbia. The previous warning already included the North Columbia and Sea to Sky areas. Avalanche risk is currently considered high at the alpine levels of the Columbias as well as the alpine and treeline levels of Glacier National Park.

Crews will be performing avalanche control on Highway 1 through Glacier National Park from noon to 6 p.m. Two hour delays are expected. That stretch of highway is expected to receive 20 millimetres of rain beginning this evening as well.


We woke up to a snowy morning today and it's still snowing hard in the village right now! We've had 6cm in the last 12 hours and it's still coming down. Posted by Sun Peaks Resort on Wednesday, March 25, 2015

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