Avalanche Forecast South Columbia

Date Issued: Valid Until:

Avalanche Canada jsmith, Avalanche Canada

Avalanche Forecast

Fri Mar. 15th ยท 5:14PM

Alpine

Danger Ratings Considerable

Treeline

Danger Ratings Considerable

Below Treeline

Danger Ratings Moderate

Problems

Persistent Slabs Persistent Slabs
Loose Wet Loose Wet

Alpine

Danger Ratings Considerable

Treeline

Danger Ratings Considerable

Below Treeline

Danger Ratings Moderate

Alpine

Danger Ratings Considerable

Treeline

Danger Ratings Considerable

Below Treeline

Danger Ratings Considerable
Warming temperatures have settled the recent storm snow into a cohesive slab sitting on weak facets (sugary snow) that is ripe for human triggers; intense solar radiation will increase the likelihood of human triggered avalanches.

Confidence

Moderate -

Weather Forecast

FRIDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy with some clearing / Light, westerly winds / Alpine low -5 / Freezing level below valley bottom.SATURDAY: Partly cloudy in morning becoming mostly sunny / Light, westerly winds / Alpine high 3 / Freezing level rising to 1800 m.SUNDAY: Sunny / Light, northwesterly winds / Alpine high 5 / Freezing level rising to 2200 m.MONDAY: Sunny / Light, northwesterly winds / Alpine high 7 / Freezing level rapidly rising to 2700 m.

Avalanche Summary

On Thursday, two rider triggered persistent slab avalanches up to size 2 were reported on northerly aspects at treeline and below treeline. Additionally, a cornice failure triggered a size 2.5 persistent slab on a northeast facing treeline ridgetop.On Wednesday, numerous natural storm slab avalanches up to size 3 and rider triggered up to size 2 were reported on primarily solar aspects at treeline and above. Some of the avalanches were triggered remotely from lower angle terrain by skiers 50 m. away from the slope that avalanched. This suggests that recent storm snow is still very sensitive to human triggers in specific locations.

Snowpack Summary

10-15 cm of new snow brings the recent storm snow to 30-60 cm. This snow is sitting on a pile of facets (sugary snow), as well as a crust on sun exposed slopes. The recent storm snow has settled into a cohesive slab and is ripe for human triggering. This persistent slab is currently our primary concern.At lower elevations, a weak layer of surface hoar (weak, feathery crystals) buried in mid-January can be found approximately 60-120 cm deep. This layer has recently been unreactive, however, the forecast warming event may awaken this layer in low elevation areas such as steep cutblocks and large open glades.The lower snowpack is generally considered to be strong, except for shallow, rocky areas in the alpine.

Problems

Persistent Slabs

Persistent Slabs

Warming temperatures have settled the recent storm snow into a cohesive slab sitting on weak facets (sugary snow) that is ripe for human triggers; especially at treeline and above.

Avoid convex slopes on rocky terrain with a variable snow depth.Use extra caution on solar aspects where the new snow is sitting on a crust.Avoid steep terrain where the snow feels moist or slabby.

Aspects: All aspects.

Elevations: All elevations.

Likelihood

Likely - Possible

Expected Size

1.5 - 2.5

Loose Wet

Loose Wet

Pin-wheeling snow below cliffs is a common sign that loose wet avalanches are becoming more likely.

Reduce exposure to over-head hazards such a large cornices during periods of strong solar radiation.Avoid steep, sun exposed slopes when the solar radiation is strong.Avoid exposure to terrain traps where the consequences of a small avalanche could be serious.

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

Elevations: All elevations.

Likelihood

Likely - Possible

Expected Size

1 - 1.5