Avalanche Forecast

Issued: Jan 17th, 2024 4:00PM

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

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Strong outflow winds continue to build wind slabs, many into the lower alpine and treeline elevations.




Avalanche Summary

On Tuesday, numerous wind slab and loose dry avalanches were reported up to size 2. Many occurring naturally and some rider triggered.

Snowpack Summary

Strong outflowing winds from the north east continue building wind slabs in alpine and down into treeline. Many exposed areas scoured to previous firm surfaces. These new wind slabs have formed over previous old wind slabs or old faceted layer.

In sheltered areas up to 40 cm of recent snow overlies a layer of buried surface hoar or a crust below 1700 m.

The rest of the snowpack is well settled.

Weather Summary

Wednesday Night

Clear. No new snow expected, east alpine winds 50 km/h, treeline temperature -16° C.


Increasing cloud throughout the day, no new snow expected, east alpine winds 20- 40 km/h, treeline temperature -15 °C.


Mostly cloudy, up to 10 cm of snow Friday night, southerly alpine winds up to 20km/h, treeline temperature -12 °C.


Mostly cloudy, up to 5 cm of snow, southwest alpine winds up to 30 km/h, treeline temperature -10 °C.

More details can be found in the Mountain Weather Forecast.

Terrain and Travel Advice

  • Seek out wind sheltered terrain below treeline where you can avoid wind slabs and find great riding.
  • Keep your guard up at lower elevations. Wind slab formation has been extensive.
  • Recent wind has varied in direction so watch for wind slabs on all aspects.


Wind Slabs

An icon showing Wind Slabs

Strong outflow winds continue to build wind slabs, many into the lower alpine and treeline elevations. Previous wind variability makes forecasting aspect challenging. Use caution with cross loaded features that might be less obvious.

Aspects: All aspects.

Elevations: All elevations.



Expected Size

1 - 2

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