Avalanche Forecast Sea to Sky

Date Issued: Valid Until:

Avalanche Canada mpeter, Avalanche Canada

Avalanche Forecast

Wed Mar. 28th ยท 11:19AM

Alpine

Danger Ratings High

Treeline

Danger Ratings Considerable

Below Treeline

Danger Ratings Considerable
Wind Slabs Wind Slabs
Cornices Cornices
Loose Wet Loose Wet

Alpine

Danger Ratings Considerable

Treeline

Danger Ratings Considerable

Below Treeline

Danger Ratings Moderate

Alpine

Danger Ratings Considerable

Treeline

Danger Ratings Moderate

Below Treeline

Danger Ratings Low

Confidence

Fair - Forecast snowfall amounts are uncertain

Weather Forecast

Expect precip to ramp up overnight and into Thursday morning, with as much as 25cm of new snow and strong southerly winds. The freezing level should fall overnight then reach a maximum of 1200m. Friday / Saturday: Precipitation should slow down with winds turning from southerly to westerly. Freezing levels will fall as the flow turns, bringing more seasonal temperatures.

Avalanche Summary

Small windslabs (to size2.0) are forming in lee locations, and are triggering naturally and with rider traffic with limited propogation.

Snowpack Summary

Above 1700m, 30-40cm of new snow now overlies the March 26 interface. This has been accompanied by consistently moderate and at times gusty southwesterly winds forming windslabs in lee locations. Cornices are huge, and will continue to grow with this weather pattern. The 0326 interface is a crust on all aspects except true north treeline and alpine, where small surface hoar is present in sheltered places. At lower elevations, the surface snow has had less recovery and the upper snowpack is predominantly moist. Below the newest storm interface, last week's storm snow is well settled and bonded, with further strength gains deeper in the pack.

Problems

Wind Slabs

Wind Slabs

New windslabs are growing in lee locations over the slick melt freeze crust and spotty surface hoar. Some thin windslabs formed in unusual places from downflow winds on the weekend; these will now be disguised by the new snow.

Aspects: North, North East, East, South East.

Elevations: Alpine, Treeline.

Likelihood

Very Likely - Likely

Expected Size

1 - 4
Cornices

Cornices

Cornices are very large and may become more fragile with the increased load and wind.

Aspects: North, North East, East, South East.

Elevations: Alpine.

Likelihood

Likely - Possible

Expected Size

1 - 6
Loose Wet

Loose Wet

The heavy, new snow may sluff in steep terrain at lower elevations

Aspects: All aspects.

Elevations: Alpine, Treeline.

Likelihood

Likely - Possible

Expected Size

1 - 4