Due to two major landslides, rocks and debris poured down this week at Joffre Peak, leaving behind a massive slash in the mountains seen on Highway 99 north-east of Bember Pemberton.
Approximately 180 kilometers northeast of Vancouver, the area is popular among skiers, hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts of the area.
No one was injured on the slide. Brent Ward, co-director of the Natural Disaster Research Center at Simon Fraser University, is more fortunate than anything else.
"This big landslide can be catastrophic," he said.
"If this happened later in the summer, when many people were on the promenade, we would have gone through casualties."
Slides due to warm weather
The first slide occurred at 7:40 am on Monday morning. Park. The debris has a width of 850 meters and traveled about 5.2 kilometers.
The second slide on Thursday morning scarred the same side of the mountain.
Ward said that weather patterns are one of the causes.
Alpine permafrost helps to hold the rock, and when it melts, the rock becomes more vulnerable to landslides.
"Do you remember the hot weather we had last week?" Ward said.
"The hot weather melts snow in the mountains and stacks them in rock gutters.
Aftermath of the slide
The Aftermath of the Slides The photos were distributed via social media, and many people expressed surprise and interest in the scale of the slides.
"The community is really interested in this area – a huge and impressive geological event in the area of mountain enthusiasts," said Nicholas Zichy, who took the slide photo.
Several outback ski routes such as Twisting Couloir and Central Couloir have disappeared from the slides.
"Many people in the community have sorrow. [ski] The line closed, "Zichy said.
The Cerise Creek trail of Keith 's Hut is closed due to damage to the slide and B.C. Parks also closed Nlháxten / Cerise Creek Conservancy due to safety concerns.
Joffre Lakes Provincial Park, a popular hiking and walking camping spot, has not been affected.
Sarah Morgan, Emergency Program Manager for Squamish-Lillooet Regional District, said, "There is a continuous evaluation.
"The Ojiwski travel community is very interested in how this will change the opportunity for recreation."
BC Park staff is still assessing the extent of the damage.