Avalanche Forecast

Issued: Apr 15th, 2023 4:00PM

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

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Avoid avalanche terrain. Rapid loading from snowfall and wind is likely to induce a natural avalanche cycle.




Avalanche Summary

No significant avalanches were reported in the past couple days but observations are limited this time of year.

We expect that a natural avalanche cycle could take place on Sunday.

If you are venturing into the backcountry please consider filling out a Mountain Information Network report.

Snowpack Summary

New snow accompanied by southerly winds will overlie a crust at treeline and below. In the alpine this new snow will fall on a variety of surfaces including dry snow and wind slab on the north and crust and wind pressed surfaces on the south.

Several crusts can be found in the upper snowpack. A well settled snowpack exists below.

Weather Summary

Saturday Night

Cloudy with 5 to 15 cm of dense new snow expected. Strong southerly winds and freezing level around 1300 m with the snowline around 900 m.


Stormy with 10 to 20 cm of dense new snow expected. Moderate to strong southerly winds and freezing levels rising to 1600 m with the snowline around 1000 m.


Mostly cloudy with 5 to 10 cm of new snow expected. Moderate southeast winds and a high of -4°C at 1800 m.


Mostly cloudy with up to 10 cm of new snow possible. Light to moderate southerly winds and a High of -5°C at 1800 m.

More details can be found in the Mountain Weather Forecast.

Terrain and Travel Advice

  • Avoid all avalanche terrain during periods of heavy snowfall.
  • Avoid exposure to slopes that have cornices overhead.
  • As surface loses cohesion due to melting, loose wet avalanches become common in steeper terrain.
  • Be careful to keep storm day fever from luring you out into bigger terrain features.


Storm Slabs

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Ongoing snowfall and southerly winds will form reactive storm slab. The largest and most sensitive will be found on wind loaded features on west through east aspects.

Aspects: All aspects.

Elevations: All elevations.


Very Likely

Expected Size

1.5 - 2.5


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New snow accompanied by southerly winds will add to cornices increasing the likelihood of them failing naturally.

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

Elevations: Alpine, Treeline.



Expected Size

1.5 - 3

Loose Wet

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At lower elevations, where rain is possible, wet loose avalanches could occur on steep slopes.

Aspects: All aspects.

Elevations: Below Treeline.



Expected Size

1 - 2

Valid until: Apr 16th, 2023 4:00PM