Issued: Mar 24th, 2023 4:00PM
The alpine rating is Wind Slabs., the treeline rating is , and the below treeline rating is Known problems include
Watch for newly formed and reactive wind slabs as you transition into wind affected terrain.
Hazard may be one step higher in localized areas that receive more than 20 cm of new snow.
A skier triggered size 1 wind slab avalanche was reported on a lee aspect in the alpine near Whistler on Thursday.
5-15 cm of new snow and moderate southerly wind Thursday night has formed small wind slabs on lee aspects in the alpine.
These slabs overlie hard crusts on all sunny aspects and mixture of decomposing dry snow and possible small surface hoar in isolated locations on shady aspects.
The mid and lower snowpack is generally well settled and strong.
At the bottom of the snowpack, a layer of weak facets remains present and continues to be monitored for signs of reactivity.
Mostly cloudy with flurries; 3-15 cm (localized areas up to 20 cm) / 10 km/h southwest ridgetop wind / Low temperature at treeline around -8 C / Freezing level valley bottom
Mostly cloudy with isolated flurries; 0-5 cm / 10 km/h southwest ridgetop wind / High temperature at treeline around -7 C / Freezing level 1000 m
Mostly cloudy / 10 km/h south ridgetop wind / High temperature at treeline around -7 C / Freezing level 1100 m
Sunny / 20 km/h east ridgetop wind / High temperature at treeline around -5 C / Freezing level 1500 m
More details can be found in the Mountain Weather Forecast.
Terrain and Travel Advice
- Watch for newly formed and reactive wind slabs as you transition into wind affected terrain.
- Small avalanches can have serious consequences in extreme terrain. Carefully evaluate your line for wind slab hazard before you commit to it.
- Avoid exposure to slopes that have cornices overhead.
- When a thick, melt-freeze surface crust is present, avalanche activity is unlikely.
10-15 cm of new snow and moderate southerly wind may have formed small wind slabs on lee aspects in the alpine.
Aspects: North, North East, East, North West.
Valid until: Mar 25th, 2023 4:00PM