Avalanche Forecast

Issued: Apr 6th, 2024 4:00PM

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

Avalanche Canada MM, Avalanche Canada


Low hazard does not mean no hazard.

Winter snow may still be encountered in the high alpine, travel accordingly.




Avalanche Summary

There were a few small avalanches in extreme north-facing terrain in the highway corridor on Friday and no new reported on Saturday

Last Sunday there was one skier accidental Sz 1.5 on Youngs Peak and a close call from a natural Sz 2 on Ursus Minor.

Cornices remain a concern with two close calls last weekend on Youngs Peak and along the ridgeline of Cheops

Snowpack Summary

Below treeline, you will find a well-settled spring snowpack, with a strong surface crust that may break down during the heat of the day.

The treeline snow depth is a record low of ~210cm. A variable crust exists on all but high northerly aspects, which may still hold dry snow.

The Feb 3rd crust/facet layer persists at upper elevations, buried 80-140cm down.

Weather Summary

Stable weather ends Monday as a weak frontal system arrives.

Tonight: Cloudy, clear periods. Alpine Low -7 °C. Freezing level (FZL) 1300m. Light W ridge wind.

Sunday: Cloudy, sunny periods. Alpine High -4 °C. FZL 1800m. Moderate SW ridge wind.

Monday: Snow - 14cm. Low -7 °C, High -4 °C. FZL 8700m. Moderate to strong SW wind.

Tuesday: Scattered flurries - 5cm. Low -8 °C, High -5 °C. FZL 1800m. Moderate to strong W wind.

Terrain and Travel Advice

  • Pay attention to cornices and give them a wide berth when traveling on or below ridges.
  • Be carefull around freshly wind loaded features.
  • Remember that the snowpack will be significantly different at higher elevations than lower down.


Wind Slabs

An icon showing Wind Slabs

Lingering wind slabs may still be triggered in steep alpine terrain. Assess the snowpack as you go, looking for these stiff deposits of snow.

Aspects: All aspects.

Elevations: Alpine.


Unlikely - Possible

Expected Size

1 - 1.5


An icon showing Cornices

Be aware of large cornices overhead, or as you approach/walk along ridgelines. There were a few close calls last week, with people getting too close and luckily not being taken with the collapsing mass of snow.

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

Elevations: Alpine.


Unlikely - Possible

Expected Size

1.5 - 3.5

Valid until: Apr 7th, 2024 4:00PM