Avalanche Forecast

Issued: Mar 22nd, 2024 4:00PM

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

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While avalanche hazard is improving with cooling temperatures, human-triggered persistent slab avalanches remain a concern in areas not capped by a thick surface crust.




Avalanche Summary

No new avalanches were reported in the region on Thursday.

If you are heading into the backcountry please consider posting your observations to the Mountain Information Network. We read every report!

Snowpack Summary

A dusting of snow overlies a melt-freeze crust that covers the surface of the snowpack at all elevations. The exception is on north-facing terrain above 2000 m where the surface remained dry through the prolonged warming. Below the crust is 50 to 80 cm of moist snow.

100 to 250 cm down is a weak layer of facets overlying a crust. This layer was the culprit in many very large avalanches through the extended warm period. Uncertainty remains around how long this layer will persist with cooler temperatures.

Below the crust, the snowpack is well settled.

Weather Summary

Friday Night

Cloudy with 0 to 2 cm. 15 km/h southeast ridgetop wind. Treeline temperature -1 °C. Freezing level 1600 m.


Mainly sunny. 10 to 25 km/h northeast ridgetop wind. Treeline temperature -1 °C. Freezing level 1700 m.


Sunny. 20 to 30 km/h northeast ridgetop wind. Treeline temperature -1 °C. Freezing level 1700 m.


Mainly cloudy with 1 to 6 cm of snow. 20 to 30 km/h northeast ridgetop wind. Treeline temperature -1 °C. Freezing level 1700 m.

More details can be found in the Mountain Weather Forecast.

Terrain and Travel Advice

  • Keep in mind that human triggering potential persists as natural avalanching tapers off.
  • Use caution on large alpine slopes, especially around thin areas that may propagate to deeper instabilities.
  • Minimize exposure to steep, sun exposed slopes, especially when the solar radiation is strong.
  • A crust on the surface will help bind the snow together, but may make for tough travel conditions.


Persistent Slabs

An icon showing Persistent Slabs

This weak layer has slowly been gaining strength however concern remains for human-triggering the layer on sheltered north aspects above 2000 m. If triggered avalanches will be large and destructive.

Aspects: North, North East, North West.

Elevations: Alpine, Treeline.


Unlikely - Possible

Expected Size

1.5 - 3.5

Loose Wet

An icon showing Loose Wet

Small wet loose avalanches may be reactive to human triggering in steep sun affected terrain if solar input is strong and the snow surface becomes moist.

Aspects: All aspects.

Elevations: Treeline, Below Treeline.



Expected Size

1 - 2

Valid until: Mar 23rd, 2024 4:00PM