A heavy snowfall forecast for the Sea to Sky region north of Vancouver has pushed the avalanche danger rating up to high for the first time this season.

Alpine areas in the region are forecast to get up to 80 centimetres of snow by Saturday as several low pressure systems move across the coast.

The Canadian Avalanche Centre has issued a high danger rating for alpine areas. At the treeline the danger rating is considerable, and below it is rated moderate.

"Heavy amounts of new snow will build storm slabs on all aspects, overlying a variety of weak surface layers. Storm slabs, and new wind slabs will be touchy, and widespread natural avalanche activity is likely with heavy loading from snow and wind," said the bulletin.

B.C. recorded its first avalanche death of the season when a surveyor working on a mountainside was swept off a cliff by an avalanche in a remote region of northwestern B.C. in October.

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  • A French delegation, including French Interior Minister Manuel Valls, second from right, board a police helicopter after an avalanche in the French Alps near Chamonix, France, swept at least nine climbers to their deaths, Thursday, July 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

  • A French rescue helicopter returns to a helipad after searching the area where an avalanche in the French Alps near Chamonix, France, swept at least nine climbers to their deaths, Thursday, July 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

  • Clouds billow over the French Alps where an avalanche in the mountains near Chamonix, France, swept at least nine climbers to their deaths, Thursday, July 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

  • A French rescue helicopter leaves for a search mission after an avalanche in the French Alps near Chamonix, France, swept at least nine climbers to their deaths, Thursday, July 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

  • French rescue works arrive at a helicopter landing area after an avalanche in the French Alps near Chamonix, France, swept at least nine climbers to their deaths, Thursday, July 12, 2012. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

  • A rescue worker helicopter returning from the avalanche site, lands in Chamonix, French Alps, Thursday, July, 12, 2012. (AP Photo)

  • Gendarmes use blankets to hide victims of an avalanche at Chamonix rescue base, French Alps, Thursday, July, 12, 2012. (AP Photo)

  • In this June 1, 2005 file picture the "Mont Maudit", center, and the "Mont Blanc" main peak, right rear, are photographed at 4,808 meters above sea level above Chamonix, France. (AP Photo/Keystone/Arno Balzarini, File)

  • This June 1, 2005 file picture shows alpinists on the Arete Cosmique with a view of the north side of Mont Blanc du Tacul, left, the Mont Maudit, center, and the Mont Blanc, right. (AP Photo/fls/Keystone/Arno Balzarini, File)