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Icefields Parkway closing for avalanche work

Predicted increases in avalanche risk means a section of the Icefields Parkway will be closed for a few days starting at 2 p.m. on Thursday (April 18) for avalanche control work and clean up.
Parks Canada

Predicted increases in avalanche risk means a section of the Icefields Parkway will be closed for a few days starting at 2 p.m. on Thursday (April 18) for avalanche control work and clean up.

The closure, which affects Highway 93 North from Parker Ridge south of the Columbia Icefield to Saskatchewan River Crossing, is expected to end on the afternoon of Saturday (April 20).

Steve Young, a spokesperson for Parks Canada, said significant precipitation is forecasted along the parkway beginning Thursday afternoon.

“Some slopes still hold enough snow that, when combined with the 30 millimetres of new precipitation in the forecast, will create an amplified risk of avalanche,” he said in a release.

All day use areas and viewpoints along the Icefields Parkway between Lake Louise and Saskatchewan Crossing and between Jasper and Parkers Ridge remain open as scheduled.

Plan your travel and check www.511.alberta.ca for up-to-date road conditions and status.


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