Avalanche Forecast

Issued: Apr 14th, 2023 4:00PM

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

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Freezing levels will be on the rise through the weekend as a weather system threatens showers for Sunday.

Despite the recent natural avalanche cycle slowing down, expect avalanche hazard to increase again through the weekend.




Avalanche Summary

We have just come out of an avalanche cycle to size 4 which had many full-depth avalanches running full path.

Avalanche control Thursday on Mt. Bosworth produced storm slabs up to size 2.5 and on Mt Bourgeau produced several deep persistent slabs to sz 3.

On Wednesday avalanche control in Kootenay produced slides to size 3.5 with very wide propagations.

Snowpack Summary

Recent storm snow has settled to around 30cm above 2300m. This overlies sun crusts up to ridge top and faceted layers on shady aspects. Below 2300m, shallowly buried crusts lie over a previously isothermal snowpack following recent rain. New sun crusts are forming.

Several buried crusts are in the top 50-70 cm on solar aspects. The basal depth hoar is present but is only a concern in thin areas.

Weather Summary

Clearing skies overnight Friday should bring a good freeze. SW winds will build to 30-40 km/h.

Saturday, scattered flurries will begin. Freezing levels will rise to 2000m plus and return to valley bottom overnight.

Sunday, winds increase to strong, 5-10cm of snow (rain?) is likely with freezing levels as high as 2500m.

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Terrain and Travel Advice

  • Keep in mind that human triggering potential persists as natural avalanching tapers off.
  • If triggered, storm slabs in-motion may step down to deeper layers and result in very large avalanches.
  • Use extra caution around cornices: they are large, fragile, and can trigger slabs on slopes below.


Storm Slabs

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30-40cm of storm snow fell this past week forming widespread slabs in alpine and treeline areas. While these have started to settle out, expect human triggering in steep terrain especially with increasing temperatures, rain, or solar heating.

Aspects: All aspects.

Elevations: Alpine, Treeline.



Expected Size

1 - 2.5

Loose Wet

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Freezing levels are on the rise through the weekend and while solar inputs may diminish on Saturday as the weather approaches, the potential for rain at lower elevations on Sunday, when the system arrives, is of equal concern.

Aspects: South East, South, South West.

Elevations: All elevations.


Possible - Likely

Expected Size

1 - 2

Deep Persistent Slabs

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The November basal facets and depth hoar have been mainly dormant in this region. This recent storm was a good test. We have seen few avalanches on this layer. Thin spots or places exposed to large loads (cornice) would be areas of greatest concern.

Aspects: All aspects.

Elevations: Alpine, Treeline.


Unlikely - Possible

Expected Size

2 - 4

Valid until: Apr 15th, 2023 4:00PM