Avalanche Forecast

Issued: Apr 18th, 2024 4:00PM

The alpine rating is low, the treeline rating is low, and the below treeline rating is low.

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Evaluate snowpack conditions before you commit to a slope and stay alert to conditions that change with elevation and sun exposure.




Avalanche Summary

No new avalanches have been observed recently, but field observations have been extremely limited.

If you head into the backcountry please consider submitting your observations to the MIN.

Snowpack Summary

A dusting of recent snow may be covering a thick melt-freeze crust. This crust should break down and soften during daytime warming on sunny slopes and at lower elevations below treeline. Shady, high-elevation north-facing slopes may still have soft snow. The snowpack's upper 30 to 50 cm consists of various melt-freeze layers. The lower snowpack contains old weak layers that are no longer concerning.

Cornices are large this time of year and may become weak with daytime warming. They should generally be avoided.

Weather Summary

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with isolated flurries possible. 20 to 30 km/h east ridgetop wind. Treeline temperature -8 °C.


Mostly sunny. 15 to 20 km/h northeast ridgetop wind. Treeline temperature -2 °C. Freezing level rising to 1500 m.


Sunny. 10 to 20 km/h variable ridgetop wind. Treeline temperature 2 °C. Freezing level rising to 2200 m.


Cloudy with 2 to 10 cm of snow. 40 km/h southwest ridgetop wind. Treeline temperature - 1 °C. Freezing level rising to 1700 m.

More details can be found in the Mountain Weather Forecast.

Terrain and Travel Advice

  • When a thick, melt-freeze surface crust is present, avalanche activity is unlikely.
  • Pay attention to cornices and give them a wide berth when traveling on or below ridges.
  • As surface loses cohesion due to melting, loose wet avalanches become common in steeper terrain.
  • Watch for wind-loaded pockets especially around ridgecrest and in extreme terrain.

Valid until: Apr 19th, 2024 4:00PM