Avalanche Canada Mikey, Avalanche Canada

Kananaskis Country Avalanche Forecast

Jan 12th, 2020 2:00PM

Good skiing can be found in sheltered areas. Very cold for the next few days.

Summary

Confidence

High -

Weather Forecast

Arctic cold. The temp Monday morning will start off around -31c and is suppose to warm up to -20c at the warmest part. Winds will be light to moderate from the south. Colder for the rest of the week. At these temperatures, a small mishap can be become a real emergency. Preparedness is the best defense.

Avalanche Summary

No new avalanches. The forecasters have been avoiding travelling on the larger slopes as big natural avalanches are still on our minds.

Snowpack Summary

Around 5 cm of new snow in the past 24 hours. Today we dug a pit at tree line at 2300m and found the following:

The most recent wind slab can be found below the new snow. Snow pit tests today showed easy test results on the December 31 surface hoar which is down around 25cm but not too much of a concern as there is mostly loose snow(not a slab) sitting on top of it. There were also several moderate to hard compression tests in the top 50cm which were mostly different generations of wind slabs. The alpine looked quite wind affected. The deep persistent layer which is about 40cm off the ground is still there and slowly getting weaker.  

Terrain and Travel

  • Keep in mind that human triggering potential persists as natural avalanching tapers off.
  • Avoid areas with a thin or variable snowpack.

Valid until: Jan 13th, 2020 4:00PM