Avalanche Forecast Sea to Sky

Date Issued: Valid Until:

Avalanche Canada ccampbell, Avalanche Canada

Avalanche Forecast

Tue Apr. 3rd ยท 10:14AM

Alpine

Danger Ratings Considerable

Treeline

Danger Ratings Considerable

Below Treeline

Danger Ratings Moderate
Wind Slabs Wind Slabs
Storm Slabs Storm Slabs
Cornices Cornices

Alpine

Danger Ratings Considerable

Treeline

Danger Ratings Moderate

Below Treeline

Danger Ratings Low

Alpine

Danger Ratings Considerable

Treeline

Danger Ratings Moderate

Below Treeline

Danger Ratings Low

Confidence

Good

Weather Forecast

Unsettled conditions in the wake of Tuesday's storm system are expected to produce cloudy conditions and isolated light flurries with a few centimetres each day for the forecast period. The freezing level is expected to drop to and remain around 800 m, and the winds should remain light and variable.

Avalanche Summary

Reports from Monday include numerous soft wind slab avalanches up to size 1.5 occurring naturally as well as with direct and remote human triggers. Sustained heavy loading from snow wind and rain on Tuesday likely resulted in continued natural avalanche activity particularly on lee slopes.

Snowpack Summary

As of Tuesday morning heavy snowfall has already deposited up to 50cm, which is being redistributed by strong southwesterly winds into thick wind slabs. These wind and storm slabs are poorly bonded and continued snowfall and wind is adding additional load. A predominately crusty weak interface from late March, now down 50-150cm, remains a potential failure layer for large slab avalanches, especially with heavy triggers such as cornice falls and step-down avalanches. Cornices are also huge and weak.

Problems

Wind Slabs

Wind Slabs

Generally lurking below ridgecrests, behind terrain features, and in gullies. Thick fresh wind slabs are highly sensitive to human triggers and cornice falls.

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

Elevations: Alpine, Treeline.

Likelihood

Likely - Possible

Expected Size

1 - 5
Storm Slabs

Storm Slabs

Storm slabs could be sensitive to human triggers and have the potential to step-down to deeper weaknesses buried last week resulting in highly destructive avalanches.

Aspects: All aspects.

Elevations: All elevations.

Likelihood

Possible

Expected Size

1 - 6
Cornices

Cornices

Cornices are very large and probably unstable. Not only are they a hazard in themselves, but can also act as a heavy trigger for very large avalanches on the slope below.

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

Elevations: Alpine.

Likelihood

Possible

Expected Size

1 - 6