Avalanche Forecast

Issued: Apr 24th, 2023 4:00PM

The alpine rating is moderate, the treeline rating is moderate, and the below treeline rating is below threshold. Known problems include Storm Slabs and Loose Wet.

Avalanche Canada CJ, Avalanche Canada


Start and finish early to take advantage of better travel and a lower likelihood of upper snowpack avalanches while the surface snow remains frozen.




Avalanche Summary

Some small loose wet avalanches have been observed in the past few days on steep solar aspects or at low elevations with daytime warming. A size 3 skier-triggered avalanche failing on the basal facets occurred in a closed area within the Lake Louise ski resort on Saturday.

Snowpack Summary

3-8 cm new snow. Solar aspects are getting moist in the afternoon, creating new crusts daily, and multiple buried crusts are present. On northerly aspects, temperature crusts are present up to 2200 m, with 10-20 cm of preserved surface snow above this elevation and some wind transport at ridge crests. In shallow areas the base of the snowpack remains weak due to the presence of facets.

Weather Summary

Light flurries, moderate west winds and freezing levels down to 1500 m are expected Monday night.

On Tuesday freezing levels will climb to about 2100 m with moderate west winds and continued light flurries. Light rain is possible at valley bottoms. No significant accumulations are expected.

More details can be found in the Mountain Weather Forecast.

Terrain and Travel Advice

  • A moist or wet snow surface, pinwheeling and natural avalanches are all indicators of a weakening snowpack.
  • Avoid thin areas like rock outcroppings where you're most likely to trigger avalanches failing on deep weak layers.


Storm Slabs

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Watch for new snow instabilites especially in places where convective weather cells have deposited more snow. Areas with new snow over a crust, recently wind loaded slopes, or places where the surface snow is becoming moist are the main concerns.

Aspects: All aspects.

Elevations: Alpine, Treeline.



Expected Size

1 - 2

Loose Wet

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With rising daytime freezing levels, expect moist snow at lower elevations with the potential for wet loose avalanches to occur. Any sunny breaks will also contribute to this problem on steep solar aspects up into the alpine.

Aspects: All aspects.

Elevations: All elevations.


Possible - Likely

Expected Size

1 - 1.5

Valid until: Apr 25th, 2023 4:00PM