Avalanche Forecast

Issued: Apr 4th, 2023 4:00PM

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

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The wind will pick up on Wednesday potentially creating new wind slabs.

Seek out terrain hidden from the wind.

Summary

Confidence

Moderate

Avalanche Summary

In White Pass, on Sunday there were reports of reactive wind slabs. A skier triggered one while boot-packing in the alpine on a north aspect. It was up to 30 cm deep. A similar story was playing out in Haines Pass as well.

There was a skier remote triggered (from a distance) cornice fall which subsequently triggered a size 3 persistent slab avalanche on a northeast aspect at 1750 m on Saturday. The trigger point was at a thin spot on top of a flat ridgetop. The fracture was 200 cm deep and was suspected of running on a layer of facets sitting on a crust buried in January.

Let us know what you are seeing by submitting a report to the Mountain Information Network.

Snowpack Summary

New snow falling Tuesday night and Wednesday day will be redistributed by southwest winds and will be covering up a variety of surfaces. Slopes facing the sun are likely moist or have a thin surface crust. 5 to 15 cm of new snow falling late last week sits on wind-pressed surfaces in the alpine. Soft older snow may be found in shady, wind-sheltered areas. A weak layer of surface hoar/crust/facets buried in early January is now over 1 m deep in most areas and was responsible for an avalanche release recently. The lower snowpack consists of basal facets, particularly in thin snowpack areas.

Weather Summary

Tuesday Night

Increasing clouds, 2 cm accumulation, winds southwest 45 km/h, temperature -8 °C at 1500 m.

Wednesday

A mix of sun and cloud, 5 cm accumulation, winds southwest 30 to 40 km/h, temperature reaching -5 °C at 1500 m.

Thursday

A mix of sun and cloud, 10 to 15 cm accumulation starting Wednesday evening and carrying through the day, winds southeast 40 to 50 km/h, temperature reaching -4 °C at 1500 m.

Friday

Sunny with cloudy periods, 2 cm accumulation, winds southwest 35 to 40 km/h, temperature -6 °C at 1500 m.

More details can be found in the Mountain Weather Forecast.

Terrain and Travel Advice

  • Carefully evaluate steep lines for wind slabs.
  • Use caution on large alpine slopes, especially around thin areas that may propagate to deeper instabilities.
  • Pay attention to cornices and give them a wide berth when traveling on or below ridges.
  • Watch for wind-loaded pockets especially around ridgecrest and in extreme terrain.

Problems

Wind Slabs

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West and southwest winds may have developed reactive wind slabs.

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

Elevations: Alpine, Treeline.

Likelihood

Possible

Expected Size

1 - 2

Persistent Slabs

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A layer of facets sitting on a crust buried in January has recently been reactive. Most likely triggers would be around thin spots or with a heavy load like a cornice fall or the weight of a smaller avalanche in motion stepping down.

Aspects: All aspects.

Elevations: Alpine.

Likelihood

Unlikely

Expected Size

2 - 3

Valid until: Apr 5th, 2023 4:00PM

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