Avalanche Canada, in the wake of the deaths of 5 people in Mcbride last week, is stressing the importance of awareness.
Karl Klassen, an Avalanche Forecaster, says hopefully people can learn from this recent tragedy.
He says it is important to keep the number of people on a slope to one when you are in avalanche areas.
Klassen says while safety equipment is very important he says prevention is far more important because if you can prevent an accident from happening you won’t need the equipment.
He likens it to having seat belts and air bags in a vehicle.
Klassen says there is now a weak layer in the snow pack in the Cariboo and with the recent weather he says the potential for avalanches going into the weekend definitely exists.