Avalanche Canada mkoppang, Avalanche Canada

Kananaskis Country Avalanche Forecast

Jan 14th, 2020 4:00PM

When its this cold the fireplace and netflix is a good option. The deep persistent weak layer is constantly on our minds travelling. We still have no confidence in bigger terrain features and dont see that changing any time soon. 



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Weather Forecast

The cold snap is forecast to continue... Not much for new snow in the forecast but the winds expected to pick up a bit overnight and tomorrow which will make -28C feel even worse. By Friday temperatures will warm up. 

Avalanche Summary

No new avalanches were observed over the past 24hrs. Observations were limited though due to extreme cold temps. 

Snowpack Summary

The cold temperatures are creating surface faceting and most likely some surface hoar growth as well. There are several generations of buried wind slabs in the top 50cm of the snow pack in the alpine and tree line that were still producing moderate compression test results on Sunday. If any avalanche is triggered in the upper snowpack, there is a strong possibility to wake up the deeper persistent slab which is sitting on the November complex (crust, facets and depth hoar).    

Terrain and Travel

  • Use caution on large alpine slopes, especially around thin areas that may propagate to deeper instabilities.
  • In areas where deep persistent slabs may exist, avoid shallow or variable depth snowpacks and unsupported terrain features.
  • Avoid areas where the snow feels stiff and/or slabby.

Valid until: Jan 15th, 2020 4:00PM