Avalanche Forecast

Issued: Jan 9th, 2024 4:00PM

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

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Fresh, reactive wind slabs are expected to form as northerly winds invade the region.

Wind and cold temperatures mean cold exposure is a major concern. Read more in this blog.




Avalanche Summary

Fresh wind slab development at all elevations will be the main concern on Wednesday.

Last Saturday, a size 2 avalanche was triggered remotely on a southeast-facing slope on a steep, wind-loaded feature just above treeline. Skiers in this area also reported whumpfing. These may have failed on the buried surface hoar detailed in the Snowpack Summary. Several other size 1 and 2 wind slab avalanches were also reported on both north- and south-facing slopes in exposed areas.

Snowpack Summary

Strong northerly winds are expected to form hard surfaces and redistribute 10 to 20 cm of soft snow into wind slabs in exposed areas.

A layer of buried surface hoar that formed on Christmas Eve may be buried about 50 cm deep.

The lower snowpack is generally strong.

Snowpack depths range from 80 to 200 cm across the region and vary locally from wind distribution.

Weather Summary

Tuesday Night

Clearing, no new snow. Northerly winds, increasing 40 to 60 km/h. Treeline temperatures drop below -20 ºC.


Mainly sunny with no new snow. Northerly winds 40 to 70 km/h. Treeline temperature around -25 ºC.


Sunny with no new snow. Northerly winds, 30 to 60 km/h. Treeline temperature around -30 ºC.


Sunny with no new snow. Alpine wind 10 to 30 km/h from the northwest. Treeline temperature around -30 ºC.

More details can be found in the Mountain Weather Forecast.

Terrain and Travel Advice

  • Keep your guard up at lower elevations. Wind slab formation has been extensive.
  • Fresh wind slabs will likely form throughout the day, diligently watch for changing conditions.
  • Carefully assess open slopes and convex rolls where buried surface hoar may be preserved.


Wind Slabs

An icon showing Wind Slabs

Strong northerly winds may form fresh, reactive wind slabs throughout the day.

Older wind slabs may exist on a variety of aspects and a layer of buried surface hoar may continuing to make these slabs reactive to human triggering.

Aspects: All aspects.

Elevations: Alpine, Treeline.



Expected Size

1 - 2

Valid until: Jan 10th, 2024 4:00PM