Parks investigating incursions into national parks avalanche area

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Parks Canada is investigating two separate incursions into prohibited territory in Glacier National Park, including one area that is regularly blasted for avalanche control.

The first incident happened on Dec. 13 when staff discovered fresh ski and snowboard tracks in Macdonald West, a prohibited area in Rogers Pass.

“The area is closed throughout winter because the slope is an important part of the snowpack monitoring program used to forecast when avalanche control is needed to protect the Trans-Canada Highway in that area,” wrote Shelley Bird, a communications officer for Mount Revelstoke and Glacier national parks.

She said the offenders were not discovered at the site and the incident is still under investigation.

The second incident happened on Dec. 14 when snowmobilers found themselves stuck near Quartz Creek area, inside Glacier National Park boundary.

Parks Canada law enforcement attended the scene and the incident is still under investigation.

It’s the second snowmobile incursion in the past week after another snowmobiler was reported to have entered the Saint Cyr area of Mount Revelstoke National Park.

Parks Canada is reminding the public that snowmobiling and off-road vehicle use is not permitted in the mountain national parks. Individuals caught doing so could face a fine up to $25,000 under the National Parks Act and have their snowmobile seized.

For more information about where to ski tour in Rogers Pass including georeferenced maps for your phone visit: www.parkscanada.gc.ca/skirogerspass#maps

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