Avalanche Forecast

Issued: Apr 2nd, 2024 4:00PM

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

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Consider the consequences of any fall in steep terrain, and continue to use safe travel habits.

Rider triggered avalanches are still possible.




Avalanche Summary

On Monday, there were several small to large (up to size 2) rider triggered and natural avalanches reported, generally wind slabs in north or northeast facing high alpine terrain.

On Saturday, north of Revelstoke there was a large (size 3) persistent slab avalanche triggered by a helicopter landing at 2300 m on a northeast aspect.

Snowpack Summary

As the freezing level drops, expect a frozen crust to form on the surface, possibly as high as 2500 m. 5-15 cm of new snow may be on the surface at high elevations in the north end of the forecast area.

In general, 20 to 40 cm of settling snow snow sits on surface hoar crystals that were buried in late March. Under that is a hard melt freeze crust on all aspects and elevations other than north facing alpine.

Weak faceted grains above a hard crust that formed in early February are buried around 100 to 150 cm deep. This layer is generally getting stronger, and in most places it is shielded by crusts above, but it is still occasionally producing large avalanches.

Weather Summary

Tuesday Night

Cloudy. Light rainfall turning to snow as the freezing level drops. 5-15 cm possible at high elevations in the north end of the forecast area. Light to moderate south or southwest ridgetop wind. Freezing level falling to around 1200 m. Treeline low around -3 °C.


Mostly cloudy, possibly sunnier in the south end of the forecast area. 0-2 cm of snow expected. Light southwest ridgetop wind. Treeline high around -5 °C.


Mostly cloudy. 0-3 cm of snow expected above 1000 m. Light to moderate northeast ridgetop wind. Treeline high around -4 °C.


Partly cloudy. No new snow expected. Light northeast ridgetop wind. Treeline high around -3 °C.

More details can be found in the Mountain Weather Forecast.

Terrain and Travel Advice

  • Watch for wind-loaded pockets especially around ridgecrest and in extreme terrain.
  • Approach lee and cross-loaded slopes with caution.
  • Use caution above cliffs and terrain traps where even small avalanches may have severe consequences.
  • Avoid shallow, rocky areas where the snowpack transitions from thick to thin.


Wind Slabs

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Moderate southwest through northwest winds have likely formed deeper, more reactive pockets of snow in leeward terrain near ridgetops. These slabs may not be bonding well to the hard surfaces or weak snow crystals that they cover.

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

Elevations: Alpine, Treeline.



Expected Size

1 - 2

Valid until: Apr 3rd, 2024 4:00PM