Avalanche Forecast

Issued: Jan 14th, 2024 4:00PM

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

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Strong winds built wind slabs at upper elevations that may remain reactive to human triggering.

Sheltered, lower-elevation terrain will provide the best riding!




Avalanche Summary

No new avalanches have been reported, although reports have been limited.

We did hear the ice has been nice!

Wind slabs may still be reactive to human triggering in wind-loaded features at upper elevations.

Check out this MIN report for recent conditions near Croteau Lake.

Snowpack Summary

Up to 90 cm of previous snow has settled and is starting to break down with the cold temperatures.

On Mount Cokely, reports are of a breakable wind crust on the surface all the way to ridgetop.

The storm last week that brought the snow was accompanied by strong northwest winds, so you may find lingering pockets of dense and deep wind slab in wind-exposed, lee terrain.

The remainder of the snowpack is strong, with numerous hard melt-freeze crusts.

Treeline snow depth ranges from 100 to 180 cm. Snow depth diminishes rapidly at low elevations where there has been more rainfall.

Weather Summary

Sunday Night

A few clouds with no new snow, north alpine winds 10 to 30 km/h, treeline temperatures around -10 °C.


Mostly sunny with no new snow, north alpine winds 10 to 15 km/h, treeline temperatures -4 °C.


Increasing cloud with snow beginning late in the day, south alpine winds 20 to 40 km/h, treeline temperatures -4 °C.


Cloudy with 10 to 20 cm of new snow, south alpine winds 60 to 70 km/h, treeline temperatures -3 °C.

More details can be found in the Mountain Weather Forecast.

Terrain and Travel Advice

  • Seek out sheltered terrain where new snow hasn't been wind-affected.
  • Recent wind has varied in direction so watch for wind slabs on all aspects.
  • Avoid lee and cross loaded slopes in the alpine.


Wind Slabs

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Variable winds in exposed areas mean that wind slabs are possible on a variety of aspects. Watch for cross-loading in unusual features like mid-slope gullies and rollovers due to previous winds.

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

Elevations: Alpine, Treeline.


Unlikely - Possible

Expected Size

1 - 2

Valid until: Jan 15th, 2024 4:00PM