Avalanche Forecast

Issued: May 1st, 2023 4:00PM

The alpine rating is considerable, the treeline rating is considerable, and the below treeline rating is moderate. Known problems include Cornices and Loose Wet.

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A high freezing level is destabilizing the snowpack. Avoid being on or below cornices, avoid exposure to steep slopes during strong sun or if the snow is soggy, and be well aware of any overhead exposure.




Avalanche Summary

Expect wet loose avalanches and cornice failures during periods of warm air and sunny skies. Avoiding steep slopes when the snow feels sloppy and avoiding cornice exposure are good travel habits. Avalanches could be very large and travel far, meaning you should limit exposure to overhead avalanche terrain.

Snowpack Summary

The snow surface is moist to mountain tops and is unlikely to freeze overnight. The remainder of the snowpack is strong and well-bonded.

Cornices are large and looming at this time of year.

Weather Summary

Tuesday will see sunny skies and a freezing level to 3700 m. Wednesday and Thursday have a freezing level at 3300 m with a mix of sun and cloud.

More details can be found in the Mountain Weather Forecast.

Terrain and Travel Advice

  • Avoid exposure to overhead avalanche terrain, avalanches may run surprisingly far.
  • Pay attention to cornices and give them a wide berth when traveling on or below ridges.
  • Avoid steep slopes when air temperatures are warm, or solar radiation is strong.
  • Avoid terrain traps such as gullies and cliffs where the consequence of any avalanche could be serious.
  • The more the snowpack warms-up and weakens, the more conservative you`ll want to be with your terrain selection.



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Cornices are large at this time of year and will become more prone to fail as they warm up with spring weather. Stay well back from them when on ridgelines and limit your exposure when travelling on slopes below them, as their release is unpredictable. A flat spot on a ridgeline could actually be an overhanging cornice.

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

Elevations: Alpine, Treeline.



Expected Size

2 - 3

Loose Wet

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Wet loose avalanche activity is expected with daytime warming and during periods of strong sun. Limit your exposure to steep terrain when it is raining or if the snow feels sloppy.

Aspects: All aspects.

Elevations: All elevations.



Expected Size

1.5 - 2.5

Valid until: May 2nd, 2023 4:00PM