Avalanche Forecast

Issued: Apr 19th, 2023 4:00PM

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

Avalanche Canada TJ, Avalanche Canada


Use caution in areas where snow depth changes rapidly. You are more likely to trigger one of the persistent weak layers in this type of terrain.




Avalanche Summary

On Tuesday several small wind slabs in the alpine were observed. Also one large avalanche stepping down to ground from a falling cornice occurred on Big Bend Peak.

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Snowpack Summary

Around 13cm of new snow this week sits on crusts on solar aspects, a melt freeze crust below tree line and old wind slab in exposed alpine

Below tree line is in a daily melt-freeze cycle. At tree line the mid-pack consists of multiple layers of sun crusts or facets. Depth hoar and basal facets at the base.

Weather Summary


A mix of sun and cloud.

Alpine temperature: High -3 °C.

Ridge wind light to 20 km/h.

Freezing level: 1900m


A mix of sun and cloud with isolated flurries.

Precipitation: Trace.

Alpine temperature: Low -7 °C, High -2 °C.

Ridge wind light to 15 km/h.

Freezing level: 1900m

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Terrain and Travel Advice

  • Avoid thin areas like rock outcroppings where you're most likely to trigger avalanches failing on deep weak layers.
  • In areas where deep persistent slabs may exist, avoid shallow or variable depth snowpacks and unsupported terrain features.


Persistent Slabs

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Several persistent weak layers in the midpack can be found as facets on polar aspects and sun crusts on solar aspects.

Aspects: All aspects.

Elevations: Alpine, Treeline.



Expected Size

1.5 - 3

Deep Persistent Slabs

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The bottom of the snowpack is inherently weak with well-developed Facets and Depth Hoar.

Aspects: All aspects.

Elevations: Alpine, Treeline.



Expected Size

2 - 4

Wind Slabs

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The winds have become light but wind slabs from earlier this week could still produce avalanches if triggered.

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

Elevations: Alpine.



Expected Size

1 - 2

Valid until: Apr 20th, 2023 4:00PM