Avalanche Forecast

Issued: Jan 11th, 2024 2:30PM

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

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The winds associated with the last storm have created a great spatial variability in the snowpack. Isolated instabilities may persist.

Watch for signs of instability such as whumphing or shooting cracks.




Avalanche Summary

No new avalanche was reported or observed. If you go into the backcountry, thanks for sharing your observations at bulletin@avalanchequebec.ca or on the Mountain Information Network (MIN).

Snowpack Summary

The extreme winds from the last storm have redistributed the snow very unevenly. The eastern and southern aspects are generally exposed to the crust. On the lees aspects (North west to North East), wind-pressed pockets of dense snow are showing impressive accumulations, with up to 130 cm of snow overlying the New Year's crust. A layer of facets has been observed between this new snow and the crust. Below treeline, despite this latest storm, the hazard is generally below threshold.

Weather Summary

Synopsis: Expect cold temperature on Friday, before the storm on Saturday's.

Thursday evening and night: Cloudy. West winds from 50 to 60 km/h. Min -13C. Freezing level at valley bottom.

Friday: Mostly cloudy. 1-2 cm of snow. Northwest winds from 50-55 km/h. Max -19C. Freezing level at valley bottom.

Saturday: Cloudy. Snow starting in pm. Southeast winds increasing to 120 km/h. Max -3C.

Sunday: Cloudy. Light snow. Southeast winds from 45 to 55 km/h. Max -10C.

For more details, check out the most recent alpine weather forecast.

Terrain and Travel Advice

  • Continue to make conservative terrain choices while the storm snow settles and stabilizes.
  • Wind slabs may be poorly bonded to the underlying crust.
  • Watch for areas of hard wind slab on alpine features.


Storm Slabs

An icon showing Storm Slabs

On the northern aspects, the storm slabs are resting on a layer of facets above the New Year's crust, which will prolong their instability.

Aspects: North, North East, North West.

Elevations: Alpine, Treeline.


Unlikely - Possible

Expected Size

1 - 2

Valid until: Jan 12th, 2024 3:00PM