Avalanche survivor warns against testing B.C.'s snowpack as slide risk increases

Twenty years after he survived being buried in a deadly avalanche in British Columbia’s backcountry, Ken Wylie is urging people to be cautious and aware while dealing with a similarly unstable snowpack this year.

“Just accept this is a challenging season and make plans around that,” he said from his Mill Bay home on Vancouver Island.

“And stick to the plans that you make around that. Don’t let those plans erode as you kind of tickle the snowpack to ever-increasing steepness.”

Wylie was one of 13 caught in an avalanche in January 2003 north of Revelstoke, B.C.

Seven people died.

Two small skier-triggered avalanches are seen in this file photo taken near the Alberta-British Columbia border.

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