Police say one person was taken to hospital by air ambulance following an avalanche near Golden, B.C.

RCMP were alerted Friday afternoon that a slide had occurred in the backcountry near Hospital Creek.

The force says one person was seriously injured and airlifted to a hospital in Calgary.

Avalanche Canada issued a special warning Thursday, urging anyone venturing into B.C.'s backcountry to take extra caution.

The group warns that nearly three weeks of storms have created a snowpack with a complex mix of weak layers.

The danger is expected to persist through Monday and anyone without avalanche training is encouraged to avoid the backcountry.

Corrections

  • In the original version of this story the Canadian Press reported the avalanche occurred on Saturday. The avalanche actually happened on Friday.
    Feb 11, 2018 1:55 PM MT