Avalanche Forecast Glacier National Park

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Parks Canada chris gooliaff, Parks Canada

Avalanche Forecast

Wed Mar. 13th ยท 8:00AM

Alpine

Danger Ratings Considerable

Treeline

Danger Ratings Moderate

Below Treeline

Danger Ratings Moderate
Storm Slabs Storm Slabs
Loose Dry Loose Dry

Alpine

Danger Ratings Considerable

Treeline

Danger Ratings Moderate

Below Treeline

Danger Ratings Moderate

Alpine

Danger Ratings Moderate

Treeline

Danger Ratings Moderate

Below Treeline

Danger Ratings Low
The strong March sun, beating down on steep solar aspects, may be the natural trigger to start an avalanche above you. With freezing levels beginning to rise, now is the time to start and finish your day early.

Weather Forecast

It is mid-March and the sun is packing a strong punch. Today, the forecast is sunny with cloudy periods, alpine high of -9*C, and light westerly ridge-top winds. Expect more clouds Thursday, along with moderate SW winds. Today and tomorrow, freezing levels should rise in the afternoon to 1200m.

Snowpack Summary

Roughly 50cm of snow has fallen at tree-line over the last week. Moderate winds and mild temp's have created a cohesive soft slab which sits on a plethora of old surfaces including; sun crusts on solar aspects; hard wind slab in exposed areas; and surface facets in sheltered locations.

Avalanche Summary

A natural avalanche in the highway corridor yesterday. Numerous natural avalanches from sz 1.5 to 3 were observed from Macdonald and Tupper in most of their paths. All 13 explosive charges produced sz 2-2.5 avalanches on Fidelity, Fortitude, and Cutbank. Field teams were able to ski control sz 1 soft slabs on convexities at tree-line.

Confidence

Due to the number of field observations

Problems

Storm Slabs

Storm Slabs

45-50cm of new snow over the last week has become a cohesive soft slab in the Alpine and exposed areas of Tree Line. Storm slabs may be overlying weak faceted snow, old wind slabs, or a sun crust. The bond to these old surfaces is variable.

Use caution in alpine and open treeline lees. Recent snowfall has created storm slabs.Convex features and steep unsupported slopes will be most prone to triggering.

Aspects: All aspects.

Elevations: Alpine, Treeline.

Likelihood

Likely - Possible

Expected Size

1 - 2.5
Loose Dry

Loose Dry

When the sun makes an appearance today, steep solar aspects will shed the new snow. Skiers will likely be able to trigger loose dry slides on steep unsupported terrain features from all aspects.

Be cautious of sluffing in steep terrain, particularly where the debris flows into terrain traps.

Aspects: All aspects.

Elevations: All elevations.

Likelihood

Likely - Possible

Expected Size

1 - 2