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British Columbia web cams: Links for ski areas, highways

WINTER SPORTS — Technology has made it easier than ever to monitor snow conditions for the region's mountain passes and winter sports resorts.

Click on the following links for web cam views of your favorite British Columbia ski area or the road to get there.

CANADA Web Cams 

 All British Columbia Highways

Apex

Big White

Fernie

Kicking Horse

Kimberley

Kootenay Pass (Salmo-Creston Highway/Stagleap Park)

Lake Louise

Panorama

Red Mountain

Revelstoke

Silver Star

Whitewater

Five bears destroyed in Revelstoke in a week: Might there be a problem?

WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS — Five bears have been destroyed in Revelstoke, British Columbia, in the past week after wandering into town in search of food, according to the Conservation Office.

Might there be a problem there?

“All those bears have gone through the food conditioning and habituation process,” Justyn Bell, a conservation officer based out of Golden told the Revelstoke Times Review. “All those bears were in the same neighbourhood around Oscar Street.”

That total is the same as the number of bears destroyed in all of 2010, according to Revelstoke Bear Aware statistics.
  

Bear sightings are also spiking this month as animals wander down from the hills in search of food. There have been 123 bear sightings in all Revelstoke neighbourhoods this year and 44 of those have been since the beginning of this month.

Read on for more of the Times Review story.
  

1 year, 2 million vertical feet for skier

SKIING — Starting Jan. 1 and hitting slopes on both sides of the equator, Greg Hill of Revelstoke, British Columbia is 80 percent through his goal to climb and ski 2 million vertical feet in one year — all self-propelled.

To put this in perspective, powering through 2 million vertical feet is the equivalent of climbing Mount Everest three times a month for a year. It’s like scaling each of the seven summits, then starting over again, until you’ve done it 14 times.

For the city bound, it’s like taking the stairs to the top of the Empire State Building four times a day, every day, for a year.

But Hill is making this epic in remote, high-altitude mountain ranges, in avalanche terrain, often with 50 pounds of gear strapped to his back.

Hill has just logged 1.6 million vertical feet and is on pace to accomplish his goal, according to backcountry.com.

He’s been around the world skiing this year. After skiing for months in South America’s winter, he recently returned to his hometown of Revelstoke, British Columbia, to finish his mission.