In April and May in the Bella Coola Valley avalanche viewing can be a spectators sport and it can be done safely and from the comfort of your lawn chair in your backyard. Normally April is avalanche viewing month when we get some hot days and a good melt going, but April and early May have been so cool that there hasn't really been much to watch. There is still a lot of snow and most of the avalanche tracks and gulleys are still quite loaded up with snow.
A temperature today of 21 C is what really got them going and the peak viewing hours are usually from 4 PM on when the late afternoon sun has really started to hit the south and west facing slopes. Because the Bella Coola Valley is quite narrow and the mountains so tall, many areas have quite good views of some of the peaks where you can see avalanches. Enjoy. Grizzly
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