Avalanche Forecast South Coast

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Avalanche Canada mconlan, Avalanche Canada

Avalanche Forecast

Fri Mar. 8th ยท 3:50PM

Alpine

Danger Ratings Moderate

Treeline

Danger Ratings Moderate

Below Treeline

Danger Ratings Low

Problems

Persistent Slabs Persistent Slabs
Storm Slabs Storm Slabs

Alpine

Danger Ratings Moderate

Treeline

Danger Ratings Moderate

Below Treeline

Danger Ratings Low

Alpine

Danger Ratings Low

Treeline

Danger Ratings Moderate

Below Treeline

Danger Ratings Low
Although the likelihood of triggering a persistent slab avalanche is relatively low, the consequence of doing so is high. The recent snow may also be reactive. Continue to employ a conservative approach to terrain selection.

Confidence

High -

Weather Forecast

FRIDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy, light northeast wind, treeline temperature -6 C, freezing level 500 m.SATURDAY: Clear skies, light northeast wind, treeline temperature -5 C, freezing level 800 m.SUNDAY: Clear skies, light west wind, treeline temperature -3 C, freezing level 1100 m.MONDAY: Cloudy with light snowfall, accumulation 5 cm, light to moderate west wind, treeline temperature -3 C, freezing level 1100 m.

Avalanche Summary

Small loose dry avalanches were triggered by skiers within the recent storm snow.

Snowpack Summary

Around 10 to 30 cm of recent snow fell with light wind. This snow overlies a variety of layers, including wind-affected snow in exposed terrain at higher elevations, soft and faceted snow in shaded and sheltered areas, and a melt-freeze crust on steep southerly slopes.A layer of weak and sugary faceted grains sits on a melt-freeze crust about 60 to 110 cm deep. The layer is likely most prominent in the North Shore Mountains and on north aspects. This layer continues to be reactive in snowpack tests. The problem is not typical for the region and we expect this persistent weak layer to continue to linger.The lower snowpack is generally strong.

Problems

Persistent Slabs

Persistent Slabs

A layer of weak and sugary faceted grains sits on a melt-freeze crust about 60 to 110 cm deep. This problem seems to be most prevalent in the North Shore Mountains.

Be aware of the potential for wide propagation due to the presence of a buried weak layer.Use conservative route selection, choose moderate angled and supported terrain with low consequence.

Aspects: All aspects.

Elevations: Treeline.

Likelihood

Possible - Unlikely

Expected Size

2 - 3

Storm Slabs

Storm Slabs

Expect to find around 30 cm of recent snow in the south of the region and 10 cm in the north. The snow may have consolidated into soft slabs, or may run loose. Sunny slopes may be the most reactive during daytime warming.

Avoid exposure to terrain traps where the consequence of a small avalanche could be serious.Use caution in wind-loaded pockets, especially near ridge crests and roll-overs.Use added caution on southerly slopes during periods of strong sun.

Aspects: All aspects.

Elevations: Alpine, Treeline.

Likelihood

Possible

Expected Size

1 - 2