Forecasters warn against venturing into B.C.'s backcountry as avalanche danger rises

B.C. saw its first avalanche death of the season this weekend, and forecasters are warning that heavy rain and snow are creating dangerous conditions in the backcountry across the province.

The fatal slide happened on Saturday afternoon, when a group of four snowmobilers were riding in the Hasler area of the North Rockies, near Chetwynd.

According to information from Avalanche Canada and RCMP, one of the riders triggered the avalanche and three were buried in the slide at around 2:10 p.m. Two of the riders managed to dig themselves out, but the third was fully buried and did not survive. 

James Floyer, the forecasting program supervisor for Avalanche Canada,

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