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Avalanche Canada mike.koppang, Avalanche Canada

Kananaskis Country, Alberta Parks Avalanche Forecast

Nov 25th, 2012 8:17AM

The alpine rating is considerable, the treeline rating is moderate, and the below treeline rating is low. Known problems include Wind Slabs and Persistent Slabs.

Another fine day of skiing in K-country. Careful trip planning and terrain choice can lead to some great skiing despite the lack of new snow in the last 24hours. 

Summary

Confidence

Good

Weather Forecast

Scattered clouds and moderate winds are forecast for tomorrow. No significant precip expected

Avalanche Summary

2 size 2's noted on Mt. Smuts (S face): Start elev of 2300, windslab, 60 to 100m wide, 40-100 deep, ran 600-700m

Snowpack Summary

Variable snow depth. SH noted, but limited to valley bottom in open areas. Windslabs varying from 1f to 4f in storm snow. 1106 crust down 40-80. CTM (11) SP down 15, 2250 m, W asp.

Problems

Wind Slabs

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Only a couple observations from today. 2 size 2's were noted in alpine terrain on Mt. Smuts. Both were windslabs and started around 2300 meters on a steep SE face. They both ran approximately 600m.
Avoid lee and cross-loaded terrain near ridge crests.>Carefully evaluate and use caution around thin snowpack areas.>

Aspects:

North, North East, East, South East.

Elevations:

Alpine, Treeline.

Likelihood

Possible

Expected Size

2 - 5

Persistent Slabs

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Avoid convexities or areas with a thin or variable snowpack.>

Aspects:

North, North East, East, South East, South.

Elevations:

Alpine, Treeline.

Likelihood

Possible

Expected Size

2 - 5

Valid until: Nov 26th, 2012 2:00PM