Avalanche Forecast

Issued: Apr 17th, 2024 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.

Avalanche Canada IG, Avalanche Canada


Keep a heads up for areas where the wind has created a fresh slab

It may slide easily on the crust and may gain enough mass to push you off your intended line.




Avalanche Summary

A field team on Wednesday observed a natural size 2 slab avalanche. This avalanche started at ridge top from a wind loaded pocket and ran far in the steep north facing terrain. Explosive avalanche control on Wednesday was able to produce a sz 1.5 thin windslab from a treeline slide path.

Over the weekend there was a natural avalanche cycle triggered by strong sun and high freezing levels. All observed avalanches were loose/wet and no bigger than size 2.5.

Snowpack Summary

10-20 cms of snow covers a crust that exists everywhere but high north. Recent winds have blown the new snow into wind slabs in immediate lee features.

The Apr 8 crust is down ~30 cms, and was the layer responsible for recent remote & accidentally triggered avalanches. Feb 3rd crust is the dominant midpack layer down ~110cms and still produces isolated planer results when tested.

BTL the snowpack has gone through a number of melt freeze cycles and is in spring conditions.

Weather Summary

High pressure will set up over much of the province bringing clear skies and colder arctic air into the region.

Tonight: Clear with cloudy periods. Nil precip, freezing level at valley bottom.

Thurs: Sun and cloud, Alp high -6°C, light northeast winds, FZL 1600m.

Fri: Sunny with cloudy periods, Nil precip, high -3°C FZL 1800m

Sat: Mix of sun and cloud, no precip. FZL 2200m

Terrain and Travel Advice

  • Be carefull around freshly wind loaded features.
  • Use caution above cliffs and terrain traps where even small avalanches may have severe consequences.


Wind Slabs

An icon showing Wind Slabs

Moderate, gusty winds and recent snow have created fresh windslabs. Expect to find this problem most reactive in the lee sides of ridges or cross loaded terrain features at treeline. Once triggered these avalanches have the potential to run far on the buried crust beneath.

Aspects: All aspects.

Elevations: Alpine.



Expected Size

1 - 2.5

Valid until: Apr 18th, 2024 4:00PM