Avalanche Forecast

Issued: Feb 9th, 2024 4:00PM

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

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Watch for reactive storm slabs.

30 cm may fall west of Terrace in the Skeena River corridor. Where storm totals are more than 20 cm, expect avalanche hazard to also be increased.




Avalanche Summary

Looking forward, new snow is likely to form fresh slabs that are reactive to human-triggering. Watch for deeper, touchier deposits in wind-affected terrain, and in areas that have greater snowfall amounts.

Several size 1 (small) wind slab avalanches were triggered by riders in steep, wind-loaded, convex terrain features in the alpine the previous few days.

Snowpack Summary

About 20 cm of snow will be redistributed by southwest winds on Saturday. West of Terrace storm totals may be greater.

This falls on firm surfaces from wind affect in wind-affected areas, or 10 to 30 cm of settled dry snow in sheltered areas. Below this, there is a thick and hard melt-freeze crust extending up to approximately 1700 m. The crust was at the snow surface at lower elevations.

The middle of the snowpack may contain old, weak faceted layers and hard crusts, which do not currently present a concern.

Weather Summary

Friday Night

Cloudy with 15 cm of snow throughout the region. Up to 30 cm of snow may fall west of Terrace in the Skeena River corridor. 40 to 60 km/h southwest ridgetop wind. Treeline temperature -5 °C.


Cloudy with another 3 to 5 cm of snow. 20 to 40 km/h west ridgetop wind. Treeline temperature -3 °C.


Cloudy with 2 to 5 cm of snow. 30 to 40 km/h south ridgetop wind. Treeline temperature -5 °C.


Cloudy with 2 cm of snow. 40 to 60 km/h northwest ridgetop wind. Treeline temperature -5 °C.

More details can be found in the Mountain Weather Forecast.

Terrain and Travel Advice

  • Watch for signs of slab formation throughout the day.
  • Seek out sheltered terrain where new snow hasn't been wind-affected.
  • Give the new snow several days to settle and stabilize before pushing into bigger terrain.


Storm Slabs

An icon showing Storm Slabs

New snow may form reactive storm slabs today. Slabs will likely be deeper and more reactive in wind-affected terrain, and in areas with greater snowfall amounts.

Aspects: All aspects.

Elevations: Alpine, Treeline.


Possible - Likely

Expected Size

1 - 2

Valid until: Feb 10th, 2024 4:00PM