Recreational backcountry users should exercise caution over the next few days.

Avalanche Canada has issued a special public warning which will remain in effect until the end of Monday.

The warning includes the West Kootenay-Boundary area.

The weight of the recent snowfall has made an unstable snowpack even worse.

Forecasting Program Supervisor James Floyer said in a release:

‘These conditions require expert-level decision making skills and we recommend backcountry users avoid avalanche terrain.  The signs indicating you are exposed to avalanche terrain can be very subtle.  If you don’t have the training to recognise them, please avoid the backcountry or hire a professional guide.’