Avalanche Forecast

Issued: Jan 21st, 2024 4:00PM

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

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Continued snow and wind have made wind slabs in the alpine and treeline.

Be cautious in areas that look wind loaded, pillowed, or extra thick.




Avalanche Summary

There was a report of small (size 1) reactive storm slab avalanches around Wells on Saturday.

A few small (size 1 to 1.5), isolated wind slab avalanches were observed in alpine terrain across the region on Wednesday and Thursday.

Snowpack Summary

10 cm of new snow is now resting on a previous 20 cm that was redistributed by strong northeast wind. This upper 30 cm of recent snow may bond poorly to underlying layers of surface hoar, faceted snow, and wind-pressed snow.

A prominent crust is found 30 to 50 cm deep. It extends up to 1900 m in the Cariboos and up to 1400 m around Pine Pass. At this point, the only potential concern with this layer is for areas east of Quesnel and Williams Lake, where a layer of small surface hoar has been observed near the crust.

The midpack is reportedly strong and bonded.

Weather Summary

Sunday Night

Cloudy with up to 3 cm snow, southwest alpine wind 20-40 km/h, treeline temperature -5 °C.


Mostly cloudy with up to 3 cm of snow, southwest alpine wind 10-30 km/h, treeline temperature -5 °C, except 0 °C around Wells/ Barkerville with an above freezing layer between 1300-1500 m.


Cloudy with up to 5 cm of snow, west alpine wind 20-40 km/h, treeline temperature -2 °C, except around Wells/ Barkerville with an above freezing layer between 900-1500 m.


Cloudy with flurries, southwest alpine wind 30-50 km/h, treeline temperature -1 °C, except around Wells/ Barkerville with freezing levels rising to 1400 m.

More details can be found in the Mountain Weather Forecast.

Terrain and Travel Advice

  • Use ridges or ribs to avoid areas of wind loaded snow.
  • Investigate the bond of the recent snow before committing to your line.
  • Be careful with wind slabs, especially in steep, unsupported and/or convex terrain features.


Wind Slabs

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Continued snowfall late last week and over the weekend, in combination with winds from both east and west, have made wind slabs on many aspects.

Aspects: All aspects.

Elevations: Alpine, Treeline.



Expected Size

1 - 2

Valid until: Jan 22nd, 2024 4:00PM