Avalanche Forecast Sea to Sky

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Avalanche Canada jsmith, Avalanche Canada

Avalanche Forecast

Sun Apr. 14th ยท 4:20PM

Alpine

Danger Ratings Moderate

Treeline

Danger Ratings Moderate

Below Treeline

Danger Ratings Low
Wind Slabs Wind Slabs
Loose Wet Loose Wet

Alpine

Danger Ratings Moderate

Treeline

Danger Ratings Moderate

Below Treeline

Danger Ratings Low

Alpine

Danger Ratings Moderate

Treeline

Danger Ratings Moderate

Below Treeline

Danger Ratings Low
Light amounts of recent snow and extreme southerly winds have formed wind slabs that may be further below ridgecrests than expected.

Confidence

High -

Weather Forecast

SUNDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy / Light, southwesterly winds / Alpine low -6 C / Freezing level 800 m..MONDAY: Mix of sun and cloud / Light, southwesterly winds / Alpine high 0 C / Freezing level 1400 m.TUESDAY: Mostly cloudy with isolated flurries; 0-3 cm. / Light, southwesterly winds / Alpine high 0 C / Freezing level 1400 m.WEDNESDAY: Mix of sun and cloud / Light, westerly winds / Alpine high 1 C / Freezing level 1900 m

Avalanche Summary

On Saturday small (size 1) storm slabs were reactive to skier traffic, primarily in lee terrain below ridgetops.

Snowpack Summary

Currently, the snowpack structure changes dramatically with elevation and aspect. Light amounts of new snow and extreme southeasterly winds on Saturday scoured windward surfaces and may have created fresh wind slabs much further down slopes than expected. These winds also created cornice growth. Expect these new cornices to be fragile.Below roughly 1900 m, the snowpack is moist and is melting rapidly at lower elevations. Check out this useful link for managing avalanche hazard during spring conditions HERE.

Problems

Wind Slabs

Wind Slabs

Light amounts of new snow and extreme winds have formed fresh wind slabs that may be further below ridgecrests than expected.

Avoid wind loaded slopes below ridgetops.Pay attention to changing conditions with elevation/aspect.Use small slopes without consequence to test the bond of the new snow.

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

Elevations: Alpine, Treeline.

Likelihood

Likely - Possible

Expected Size

1 - 1.5
Loose Wet

Loose Wet

Any appearance of the strong April sun can initiate a loose wet avalanche cycle.

Cornices become weak with daytime heating, so travel early on exposed slopes.Avoid sun-exposed slopes and overhead exposure during periods of intense sun.Use extra caution on slopes if the snow is moist or wet.

Aspects: East, South East, South, South West, West.

Elevations: Alpine, Treeline.

Likelihood

Possible

Expected Size

1 - 1.5