Issued: Jan 17th, 2024 4:00PM
The alpine rating is Storm Slabs., the treeline rating is , and the below treeline rating is Known problems include
Incoming winds may redistribute the generally low-density storm snow.
No recent avalanche activity has been reported.
If you head into the backcountry, please consider submitting a MIN report.
New snow has buried previously wind-affected surfaces at treeline and above. In sheltered areas, particularly around treeline elevations, a layer of surface hoar crystals may exist below the new snow.
A crust buried by roughly 20 to 40 cm of snow may be breaking down (facetting), and forming another potential weak layer in the upper snowpack.
The mid and lower snowpack is generally settled and well-bonded.
Mostly cloudy with no precipitation, northwest alpine winds 10 to 30 km/h, treeline temperature -7 °C.
Mostly cloudy with no precipitation, south alpine winds 30 to 50 km/h, treeline temperature -4 °C.
Cloudy with up to 30 cm of snow at treeline and above, rain at lower elevations, southwest alpine winds 30 to 50 km/h, treeline temperature 0 °C, freezing level 1900 m.
Cloudy with up to 15 cm of snow at treeline and above, rain at lower elevations, southwest alpine winds 10 to 30 km/h, treeline temperature 0 °C, freezing level 1900 m.
More details can be found in the Mountain Weather Forecast.
Terrain and Travel Advice
- Pay attention to the wind, once it starts to blow fresh sensitive wind slabs are likely to form.
- Closely monitor how the new snow is bonding to the old surface.
- Watch for signs of instability like whumpfing, hollow sounds, shooting cracks or recent avalanches.
New snow is being redistributed into cohesive, reactive slabs in exposed terrain. While the new snow may rest atop a layer of surface hoar crystals in sheltered terrain.
Aspects: All aspects.
Elevations: Alpine, Treeline.
Valid until: Jan 18th, 2024 4:00PM