Avalanche Forecast

Issued: Jan 21st, 2024 4:00PM

The alpine rating is considerable, the treeline rating is moderate, and the below treeline rating is low. Known problems include Wind Slabs, Loose Dry and Deep Persistent Slabs.

Avalanche Canada AB, Avalanche Canada


Recent avalanche activity reported on the MIN on Saturday demonstrates how conditions have changed. Adjust terrain decisions accordingly to avoid an unpleasant interaction with a deep slab or wind slab.

Avalanche control is being conducted on Monday Jan 22, 2024, on Mt Whymper and the Simpson slide paths. These areas are closed.




Avalanche Summary

Sunshine Village patrol reported triggering two size 2 avalanches in the Delirium Dive. The shots were placed low on the slope and produced hard wind slabs.

Otherwise, no avalanches were observed or reported.

Snowpack Summary

20 cm of recent storm snow combined with wind has formed wind-slabs in the alpine and exposed areas at treeline. 30-50 cm overlies the Dec. 31 surface hoar/sun crust. Below this, in the mid-pack, two crusts (Dec. 22 and Dec. 5) exist as high as 2350m and have been providing the primary support for skiing. The base of the snowpack remains weak with depth hoar and facets.

Weather Summary

Temperatures will remain relatively warm with the valley near zero degrees and the ridge not colder than -8. Ridge top wind will be predominantly from the SW in the moderate range on Monday. Trace amounts of new snow is expected with cloudy skies.

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Terrain and Travel Advice

  • If triggered, wind slabs avalanches may step down to deeper layers resulting in larger avalanches.


Wind Slabs

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Wind from the past few days have created wind-slabs. These slabs are located intermittently throughout the terrain in both alpine and treeline areas. This includes a hard slab with the potential for wide propagation.

Aspects: All aspects.

Elevations: Alpine, Treeline.


Possible - Likely

Expected Size

1 - 2

Loose Dry

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Loose dry avalanches are still a possibility due to wind and small incremental snowfall amounts. The avalanches will be small but this will still be a concern in terrain traps. Terrain choice is key to managing this problem.

Aspects: All aspects.

Elevations: Alpine.



Expected Size

1 - 1.5

Deep Persistent Slabs

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The base of the snowpack consists of weak facets, depth hoar, and the overlying crust continues to break down. Use caution in steep terrain, areas with wind slabs (step-down potential), large planar slopes, and thin to thick areas.

Aspects: All aspects.

Elevations: Alpine, Treeline.



Expected Size

1.5 - 3

Valid until: Jan 22nd, 2024 4:00PM