Issued: Jan 14th, 2024 4:00PM
The alpine rating is Wind Slabs., the treeline rating is , and the below treeline rating is Known problems include
Expect to find wind slabs in areas where you typically don't see them. Cold weather is forecast to warm tomorrow but is still a concern. Review this blog for strategies to manage the cold.
No new avalanches were reported on Saturday. Cold temperatures kept operators and many users out of the backcountry.
If you go out in the backcountry, please consider sharing your observations on the Mountain Information Network (MIN).
Northerly winds have redistributed available snow into deep pockets in leeward terrain at higher elevations. At treeline and below a weak layer of facets over a crust is found down 40 to 80 cm. This layer was reactive to skier triggering on the east side of the Continental Divide last week.
The mid and lower snowpack contains a series of crusts and facetted snow.
The height of snow at treeline is roughly 50 to 150 cm.
Clear skies with no precipitation, north alpine wind 20 to 30 km/h, treeline temperature -25 °C.
Mainly sunny with no precipitation, northwest alpine wind 20 to 40 km/h, treeline temperature -20 °C.
Partly cloudy with isolated flurries, trace amounts of snow, north west switching to west alpine wind 40 to 70 km/h, treeline temperature -16 °C.
Cloudy with scattered flurries, 4 to 6 cm of snow, southwest alpine wind 25 to 40 km/h, treeline temperature -15 °C.
More details can be found in the Mountain Weather Forecast.
Terrain and Travel Advice
- Be carefull around freshly wind loaded features.
- Approach lee and cross-loaded slopes with caution.
- Avoid areas where the snow feels stiff and/or slabby.
Varibale northerly winds are redistributing available snow into wind slabs in lee terrain features at higher elevations. Expect to see wind slabs in areas where you typically don't see them.
Aspects: North East, East, South East, South, South West, West.
Elevations: All elevations.
Valid until: Jan 15th, 2024 4:00PM