Issued: Jan 6th, 2024 4:00PM
The alpine rating is Wind Slabs., the treeline rating is , and the below treeline rating is Known problems include
Enjoy the good riding conditions, and be sure to use caution in steep, wind-loaded terrain features where wind slabs may be found.
We haven't received reports of new avalanches in the past few days. Looking forward, it remains possible for riders to trigger wind slabs in steep, lee terrain features. Check out this most recent conditions update from the Field Team.
If you head into the backcountry please consider submitting your observations to the Mountain Information Network.
10 to 20 cm of recent snow overlies hard surfaces. This soft snow may be redistributed into wind slabs in exposed areas by southwest winds.
The mid and lower snowpack is generally strong. A thick, well-bonded melt-freeze crust is approximately 30 to 50 cm above the ground at elevations below 1200 m.
Snowpack depths range from 80 to 200 cm across the region and vary locally from wind distribution.
Few clouds with no precipitation, west alpine wind 10 to 20 km/h, treeline temperature -20 °C.
Increasing clouds with no precipitation, southwest alpine wind 20 to 30 km/h, treeline temperature -15 °C.
Mostly cloudy with a trace of snow, southwest alpine wind 20 to 40 km/h, treeline temperature -10 °C.
Partly cloudy with no precipitation, north alpine winds 20 to 40 km/h, treeline temperature -20 °C.
More details can be found in the Mountain Weather Forecast.
Terrain and Travel Advice
- Carefully evaluate big/extreme terrain features before committing to them, it may not be full "go" time yet.
- Seek out sheltered terrain where new snow hasn't been wind-affected.
Wind slabs may exist in lee terrain features at high elevations from southwest wind transport. Watch for steep, wind-loaded areas at ridgetop and on convex rollovers.
Aspects: North, North East, East, South East, West, North West.
Valid until: Jan 7th, 2024 4:00PM