Jasper National Park Avalanche Forecast
Jan 10th, 2020 4:00PM
Natural activity is tapering off but human triggered avalanches initiating in the basal weakness remains likely in the right spot. Conservative line choice and mitigating overhead exposure is the key for safely venturing out before the deep freeze!
The arctic air mass continues to advance from the NE.
Saturday - Mainly cloudy with scattered flurries to 4 cm. Alp High -9 °C. Ridge wind SW10-25 km/h.
Sunday - Cloudy with sunny periods and isolated flurries. Ppt Trace. Alp Low -33 °C, High -18 °C. Wind SE10-20 km/h.
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Up to 60cm new snow since January 1st. Consistent SW winds creating wind slab on lee aspects in the alpine and treeline. This overlies buried surface hoar up to 2000m in sheltered areas as well as buried wind slabs on lee features at treeline and above. Well consolidated midpack. The bottom of the snowpack consists of depth hoar and facets.
Recent widespread avalanche cycle up to size 3 on all aspects and elevations - wind slab, dry loose and deep persistent slab. Suspect continued slab development on lee features with natural activity tapering off. Human triggering of wind slab and deep persistent remains likely.
Avalanche activity will taper off Saturday but human triggered avalanches are still likely.
- Avoid exposure to overhead avalanche terrain, large avalanches may reach the end of run out zones.
- If triggered the wind slabs may step down to deeper layers resulting in large avalanches.
Deep Persistent Slabs
On Wednesday numerous avalanches were observed throughout the region that failed to ground.
- Use caution on open slopes and convex rolls
- Be aware of thin areas that may propogate to deeper instabilites.
Caution in steep gullies and terrain traps where a small sluff could have large consequences. Avoid terrain where this problem can initiate slab avalanches on deeper layers.
- Watch for terrain traps where small amounts of snow will acumulate into deep deposits.
Valid until: Jan 11th, 2020 4:00PM