Avalanche Canada jeremy.mackenzie, Avalanche Canada

Kananaskis Country Avalanche Forecast

Apr 16th, 2012 4:00PM

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

Spring time skiing is here. Start early and finish early to avoid the rising avalanche danger when the sun comes out and the temperatures rise. Conditions are improving, but deep weak layers are still present in the snowpack.

Summary

Confidence

Good

Weather Forecast

Convective flurries with sunny breaks expected on Tuesday. The freezing level could reach 2000m. Winds will switch to the NW at up to 50km/h and temperatures will be cool in the alpine.

Avalanche Summary

Snowpack Summary

Problems

Loose Wet

An icon showing Loose Wet

Likelihood

Likely

Expected Size

1 - 4
Crusts will break down and loose wet slides will occur on solar aspects each day as daytime heating and solar radiation increase. Over the last couple of days avalanches began between 10:00 and 11:00am. Plan your travel accordingly.

Aspects:

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

Elevations:

All elevations.

Wind Slabs

An icon showing Wind Slabs

Likelihood

Possible

Expected Size

1 - 4
Recent winds have formed pockets of wind slab 20 to 50cm thick along ridgelines and in cross loaded features at higher elevations. A recent skier remote triggered avalanche in the Lake Louise area occurred on this layer.

Aspects:

All aspects.

Elevations:

Alpine, Treeline.

Deep Persistent Slabs

An icon showing Deep Persistent Slabs

Likelihood

Possible - Unlikely

Expected Size

4 - 7
Weak crystals still linger at the base of the snowpack that could wake up from large triggers such as cornices or a smaller avalanches stepping down. Any avalanche occurring this deep in the snowpack would have devastating consequences for a skier.

Aspects:

All aspects.

Elevations:

Alpine.

Valid until: Apr 17th, 2012 9:00AM