Avalanche Forecast

Issued: Apr 26th, 2023 4:00PM

The alpine rating is considerable, the treeline rating is considerable, and the below treeline rating is considerable. Known problems include Cornices and Loose Wet.

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A very high freezing level is destabilizing the snowpack. Avoid being on or below cornices, reduce exposure to steep slopes when the snow feels wet, and be well aware of any overhead exposure.




Avalanche Summary

Riders should expect wet loose avalanches and cornice failures during periods of warm air and sunny skies. Avoiding steep slopes when the snow feels sloppy and avoiding cornice exposure are good travel habits. Avalanches could be very large and travel far, meaning you should limit exposure to overhead avalanche terrain.

Snowpack Summary

The snow surface is moist to mountain tops and is unlikely to freeze overnight. The remainder of the snowpack is strong and well-bonded.

Cornices are large and looming at this time of year.

Weather Summary

A ridge of high pressure will bring mostly sunny skies and freezing levels between 3500 m and 4000 m between Thursday and Saturday.

More details can be found in the Mountain Weather Forecast.

Terrain and Travel Advice

  • Pay attention to cornices and give them a wide berth when traveling on or below ridges.
  • Back off slopes as the surface becomes moist or wet with rising temperatures.
  • Avoid exposure to overhead avalanche terrain, avalanches may run surprisingly far.
  • Avoid terrain traps such as gullies and cliffs where the consequence of any avalanche could be serious.



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Cornices are large at this time of year and will become more prone to fail as they warm up with spring weather. Stay well back from them when on ridgelines and limit your exposure when travelling on slopes below them, as their release is unpredictable. Remember that a flat spot on a ridgeline could be an overhanging cornice.

Aspects: North, North East, East, West, North West.

Elevations: Alpine, Treeline.



Expected Size

2 - 3

Loose Wet

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Wet loose avalanche activity is expected with daytime warming and during periods of strong sun. This problem can quickly change over the day; stable conditions in the morning can turn very unstable during the heat of the day. Limit your exposure to steep terrain when the snow feels sloppy.

Aspects: All aspects.

Elevations: All elevations.



Expected Size

1 - 2.5

Valid until: Apr 27th, 2023 4:00PM