Avalanche Forecast

Issued: Jan 17th, 2024 4:00PM

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

Avalanche Canada mbender, Avalanche Canada


Recent new snow and northerly winds are promoting wind slab formation at upper elevations.




Avalanche Summary

Reports on Wednesday showed several thin explosives triggered, skier controlled and natural storm slab and dry loose avalanches running to size 1.5.

If you go out in the backcountry, please consider sharing your observations on the Mountain Information Network (MIN).

Snowpack Summary

New snow has accumulated over faceted surfaces in many areas and wind-affected surfaces in open areas at all elevations. A weak layer of facets above a melt-freeze crust is found down 60 to 100 cm.

The mid and lower snowpack is generally well bonded with a series of crusts and facetted snow.

The average snow depth at treeline is approximately 100 to 180 cm.

Weather Summary

Wednesday Night

Mainly cloudy with scattered flurries, 3-5 cm of accumulation, northwest and northeast alpine wind 10 to 30 km/h, treeline temperature -18 °C.


Mix of sun and cloud, northwest alpine wind 15 to 30 km/h, treeline temperature -15 °C.


Mostly cloudy with isolated flurries, trace amounts of snow, southwest alpine wind 20 to 40 km/h, treeline temperature -12 °C.


Mostly cloudy with isolated flurries, trace amounts of snow, southwest alpine wind 20 to 30 km/h, treeline temperature -12 °C.

More details can be found in the Mountain Weather Forecast.

Terrain and Travel Advice

  • Watch for newly formed and reactive wind slabs as you transition into wind affected terrain.
  • Wind slabs are most reactive during their formation.
  • Be aware of the potential for loose avalanches in steep terrain where snow hasn't formed a slab.


Wind Slabs

An icon showing Wind Slabs

10-20 cm of recent new snow and primarily northerly winds are promoting fresh wind slab development over previously wind affected surfaces and in some places weak facetted snow.

Aspects: East, South East, South, South West, West.

Elevations: Alpine, Treeline.



Expected Size

1 - 2

Valid until: Jan 18th, 2024 4:00PM