Winter Weather Preparedness

Seasonal storms often bring heavy rain and high winds to the North Shore. Severely high winds can bring down trees and branches causing power outages, road closures, and traffic disruptions.

Our creeks and rivers respond quickly to significant rainfall and flow extremely fast and high soon after a rain event. Please use caution when near the water's edge.

During periods of high winds and power outages it is best to stay off the roads, however if you must travel give yourself extra time, as traffic signals and street lights may not be operating - use the four-way stop procedure. Stay away at least 10 metres (33 feet) from any downed power lines.

To report a power outage or find out when your power will get back on, contact BC Hydro at 1 888 POWERON (1-888-769-3766), or *HYDRO (*49376) on your cell phone.

For tips on how to prepare for storms on the North Shore, visit our Wind Storm page here.

Avalanche Safety

The snowpack this year has made for excellent snow conditions on the local North Shore mountains.

The sheer abundance of snow has led to some great opportunities for backcountry recreation.

Backcountry recreation is not without risks however, as variable weather and terrain can make avalanches a real concern.

If you are venturing into the backcountry where avalanche terrrain may be present, you are encouraged to invest in avalanche training, proper equipment, carry the regular 10 essentials and check the regular weather and avalanche forecasts before you venture out.

These tips apply whether you are snowshoeing, skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling or any other activity that can bring you into avalanche country.

If you are enjoying the many opportunities available on the three North Shore ski areas, please stay inbounds.

For more information, please see North Shore Rescue or Avalanche Canada.