Avalanche Forecast

Issued: Jan 26th, 2023 4:00PM

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

Avalanche Canada dsaly, Avalanche Canada


High consequence persistent and deep persistent slab avalanches have been reported every day over the past week. Stick to low angle terrain away from any overhead hazard.

Read more in our latest forecaster blog.




Avalanche Summary

Both natural and human triggered persistent and deep persistent slab avalanches continue to be reported everyday through the past week. On Wednesday there was a report of a remotely triggered (from a distance) size 2 persistent slab avalanche at treeline on a south aspect. There was also a size 3 naturally triggered deep persistent slab avalanche with a wide propagation reported on a south aspect in the alpine.

On Monday a fatal skier-triggered avalanche incident occurred in the Selkirks near Revelstoke. The avalanche was on an east aspect at 1900 m. It occurred on a steep, unsupported open slope below treeline and failed on a weak layer of surface hoar buried in early January. This large avalanche (size 2) had a crown depth of 50 cm.

Last Saturday a fatal avalanche Incident occurred in the Oasis riding area south of Valemont. This avalanche resulted in a rider fatality. This was a remotely triggered (from a distance) size 2.5 deep persistent slab avalanche on a north-northwest aspect at 2100 m. More details can be found here.

This MIN describes a close call on Sunday.

Avalanches like these are most likely to be triggered on steep, shallow and previously undisturbed slopes. Your best defence at this time is to stay diligent in choosing low-consequence terrain that has been heavily trafficked throughout the winter. Stay disciplined and adjust your expectation for this winter.

Snowpack Summary

New snow continues to gradually accumulate. West and north winds will continue to affect exposed terrain and form wind slabs near ridgetops. 20-60 cm of recent snowfall sits above a layer of surface hoar as well as a sun crust on steep solar aspects.

A prominent layer of buried surface hoar can be found roughly 50-90 cm deep. It is found in some places but not in others, but has shown ongoing signs of instability in many parts of the region.

Large, weak facets buried in November can be found at the base of the snowpack. This layer has been most problematic to date in thin, rocky areas in the alpine and treeline.

Weather Summary

Upslope conditions Thursday night into Friday may produce larger snowfall accumulations on the eastern slopes of the Monashees and Cariboos. Isolated hot spots around Bowron Lakes, the Highway 5 corridor, and Valemount, could accumulate upwards of 20 cm by 4 pm Friday.

Thursday night

Cloudy with isolated flurries, 5-10 cm. Ridge wind northwest 10-20 km/hr. Alpine low temperature -6 C. Freezing level dropping to valley bottom.


Continued scattered flurries, 5-10 cm. Ridge wind north 15-25 km/hr. Alpine temperature -8 C. Freezing level valley bottom.


Isolated flurries clearing into blue skies. Ridge wind northeast 10-20 km/hr. Alpine temperature -15 C.


Sunny. Ridge wind northeast 5-15 km/hr. Alpine temperature -20 C.

More details can be found in the Mountain Weather Forecast.

Terrain and Travel Advice

  • Watch for fresh storm slabs building throughout the day.
  • Be mindful that deep instabilities are still present and have produced recent large avalanches.
  • Avoid thin areas like rock outcroppings where you're most likely to trigger avalanches failing on deep weak layers.


Storm Slabs

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Localized areas may accumulate upwards of 20 cm in 24 hrs by 4 pm Friday. Expect new snow to be most reactive where impacted by wind. Fresh slabs may trigger other instabilities deeper in the snowpack.

Aspects: All aspects.

Elevations: All elevations.



Expected Size

1 - 1.5

Persistent Slabs

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A reactive surface hoar layer is found 40-70 cm deep throughout the region. Be especially cautious around steep openings treeline and below.

Aspects: All aspects.

Elevations: All elevations.



Expected Size

1.5 - 2.5

Deep Persistent Slabs

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A layer of large and weak facets sits near the base of the snowpack. This layer has most recently been reactive in upper treeline/lower alpine elevations. Riders are most likely to trigger an avalanche on this layer in steep, shallow previously undisturbed terrain or by first triggering a layer further up in the snowpack.

Aspects: All aspects.

Elevations: Alpine, Treeline.



Expected Size

2 - 3.5

Valid until: Jan 27th, 2023 4:00PM