Avalanche Forecast

Issued: Apr 25th, 2024 4:00PM

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

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Assess for the development of warming-related problems as the day heats up.




Avalanche Summary

Several naturally triggered loose wet avalanches and cornices released in the past few days. The loose wet avalanches were mostly small and occurred on steep sun-exposed slopes. The cornices released on northerly aspects in the alpine.

Similar avalanches are possible on Friday and Saturday with daytime warming. A cooling trend for Sunday will mean avalanche activity is unlikely, unless sufficient snow accumulates to form new slabs.

Snowpack Summary

Surface hoar crystals grow on settled snow that overlies a hard melt-freeze crust above 1200 m on northerly aspects. The crust is on the surface on sun-exposed slopes and below 1200 m. The crust will transition to moist snow with daytime warming and freeze back into a crust overnight. Sunday's snow will accumulate on these surfaces.

Cornices are large and looming at this time of year.

Weather Summary

Thursday Night

Clear skies. 5 km/h west ridgetop wind. Treeline temperature 0 °C.


Sunny. 10 km/h southwest ridgetop wind. Treeline temperature 4 °C. Freezing level 1600 m.


Sunny. 10 km/h southeast ridgetop wind. Treeline temperature 4 °C. Freezing level 1600 m.


Cloudy with 5 to 10 cm of snow. 10 to 20 km/h southwest ridgetop wind. Treeline temperature 0 °C. Freezing level 1100 m.

More details can be found in the Mountain Weather Forecast.

Terrain and Travel Advice

  • Back off slopes as the surface becomes moist or wet with rising temperatures.
  • Pay attention to cornices and give them a wide berth when traveling on or below ridges.
  • When a thick, melt-freeze surface crust is present, avalanche activity is unlikely.


Loose Wet

An icon showing Loose Wet

Wet loose avalanches may occur on steep sun exposed slopes during the heat of the day. Cornices are also large and may fail naturally or from the weight of a human.

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

Elevations: Alpine, Treeline.



Expected Size

1 - 1.5

Valid until: Apr 26th, 2024 4:00PM