For our backcountry fanatics, you should take note of the K-Country Avalanche bulletin http://www.avalanche.ca/cac/bulletins/latest/kananaskis
Don’t drive here 6 pm – 9 am
Again this spring, Parks Canada is asking for your help. To ensure the area remains a high quality home for wildlife, visitors should avoid travelling the 17-kilometre eastern section of the Bow Valley Parkway, between the Trans-Canada Highway/Bow Valley Parkway interchange and Johnston Canyon Campground, from March 1 to June 25, during the dusk to dawn hours of 6 p.m. to 9 a.m.
All businesses and commercial accommodations remain open during this voluntary travel restriction and are easily accessible by driving the Trans-Canada Highway and exiting at Castle Junction.
To give the animals the space they need to thrive, Parks Canada has, for the past 15 years, asked visitors to voluntarily refrain from using the eastern section of the parkway from dusk to dawn during the spring, crucial times of day and year for the valley’s species.
Read more Parks Canada
No surprise on the bad conditions! When I was in the Elk valley the other day we watched avalanches coming down all aspects all day. At one spot we were standing on the bank of a creek and as I moved closer to the water there was a “crack” and a large layer of snow slid into the creek for about 50 meters in either direction. And that was on level ground! Speaking of snow my friend almost ended up falling backwards into a five foot deep tree well. We investigated it closer and it turned out being closer to seven feet! Its amazing the difference in snow depth between the Elk valley and K-country just a few km’s across the divide.