Kananaskis Country Avalanche Forecast
Apr 9th, 2012 4:00PM
Avalanche hazard will rise rapidly Tuesday on solar aspects as freezing levels could reach as high as 3400m. Solar triggered avalanches are expected. The deeply buried surface hoar and basal facets have recently produced large avalanches.
Fair - Freezing levels are uncertain
Tuesday and Wednesday will see very high freezing levels, possibly as high as 3400m. Winds should remain mostly light and temperatures will be very warm through the period. A storm front is approaching on Wednesday night.
Numerous loose wet slides were observed on solar aspects up to size 1.5. A size 3.0 naturally triggered slab was observed on the NE aspect of Mt. Cordonnier at 2800m. This slide was 500m wide and over one metre deep.
Crusts exist on all slopes up to 2900m except true north aspects. These crusts were breaking down by noon today. Minimal to no wind affect in the alpine near Aster Lake. Stability tests indicate a moderate shear down 50 to 60cm on an old storm snow interface. The snowpack continues to settle due to mild weather conditions.
Loose wet slides related to daytime warming are being observed on solar aspects. Pay close attention to terrain that is overhead as you travel. The intense spring-time sunshine does not take much time to change the snow stability.
Aspects:North, North East, East, South East.
The Feb surface hoar and basal facets are again a concern in the snowpack. Solar radiation and large loads, such as cornices, have triggered very large avalanches recently. The spring transition could see more slides stepping down to this layer.
Isolated pockets of wind slabs are present in lee and cross loaded features at higher elevations. Stability tests over the last 2 days indicate that these slabs are sensitive to human triggering in steep, convex and/or unsupported terrain.
Aspects:North, North East, East, South East, South, South West.
Valid until: Apr 10th, 2012 9:00AM