THURSDAY NIGHT: Cloudy with isolated flurries; trace of new snow / Light to moderate, westerly winds / Alpine low -8 / Freezing level below valley bottom.FRIDAY: Mix of sun and cloud / Light, westerly winds / Alpine high 2 / Freezing level 1500 m.SATURDAY: Sunny / Light, westerly winds / Alpine high 4 / Freezing level 1800 m.SUNDAY: Sunny / Light, westerly winds / Alpine high 6 / Freezing level 2200 m.
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.
30-60 cm of recent storm snow is sitting mainly on facets (sugary snow), as well as surface hoar (feathery crystals) in sheltered areas and a crust on sun exposed slopes. There are two weak layers of surface hoar in the upper snowpack that were buried in late January and early February. They can be found between 60-120 cm below the surface. These layers consist primarily of surface hoar, though they may be associated with crusts on steeper, south facing slopes. These weak layers are most prominent on south facing slopes and all aspects below treeline. Avalanche activity on these layers has declined in recent days, however it may still be possible to trigger an avalanche in isolated areas such as steep cutblocks, large open glades, and steep south facing terrain.The lower snowpack is generally considered to be strong, except for shallow, rocky areas where the cold temperatures continue to facet (weaken) the snowpack.