Avalanche Forecast

Issued: Apr 6th, 2024 4:00PM

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

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Recent snow and wind have developed isolated wind slabs at treeline and above. As you transition into open terrain, look for signs of instability, like shooting cracks.




Avalanche Summary

Several small explosive-triggered wind slabs and size 1 to 1.5 wet loose from steep solars on Friday.

On Thursday, a few size 1 skier-triggered wind slab avalanches were reported in the Golden area.

Even short windows of sun coupled with rising freezing levels may initiate wet, loose avalanches on steep solar-facing slopes.

Snowpack Summary

Roughly 20 to 25 cm of accumulated new snow is settling and could become moist on steep south-facing slopes. This new snow overlies a crust on all aspects and elevations that are more robust on solar-facing slopes.

A widespread crust with facets above is down 60 to 110 cm. This layer is unlikely to human trigger in areas where a thick crust above the weak layer is present.

Weather Summary

Saturday Night

Partly cloudy, isolated flurries, 1 to 3 cm. 5 to 10 km/h west ridgetop wind. Treeline temperature -4° C.


Mainly cloudy, isolated flurries 1 to 2 cm. 10 to 15 km/h northwest ridgetop wind. Treeline temperature -5° C. Freezing level 1700 m.


Partly cloudy, with trace accumulations, 10 to 15 km/h southwest winds. Treeline temperatures -2° C. Freezing levels 1800 m.


Partly cloudy with isolated flurries 2 to 3 cm, 20 to 30 km/h southwest wind. Treeline temperatures -2° C, Freezing levels 1800 m.

More details can be found in the Mountain Weather Forecast.

Terrain and Travel Advice

  • Carefully evaluate steep lines for wind slabs.
  • Wind slabs may be poorly bonded to the underlying crust.


Wind Slabs

An icon showing Wind Slabs

New snow and variable winds have developed isolated wind slabs at treeline and above. These wind slabs are most likely found directly lee of high points and ridge features.

Aspects: South East, South, South West, West, North West.

Elevations: Alpine, Treeline.



Expected Size

1 - 1.5

Valid until: Apr 7th, 2024 4:00PM