Avalanche Forecast Waterton Lakes National Park

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Parks Canada adam greenberg, Parks Canada

Avalanche Forecast

Thu Jan. 31st ยท 4:00PM

Alpine

Danger Ratings Moderate

Treeline

Danger Ratings Low

Below Treeline

Danger Ratings Low
Wind Slabs Wind Slabs
Deep Persistent Slabs Deep Persistent Slabs

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
This weekends hazard hinges on snowfall amounts with anywhere between 10 to 30cm forecast. Keep an eye on how much snow actually arrives on Saturday and Sunday

Weather Forecast

Finally, some snow! An incoming system will bring 10-30cm of precipitation on Saturday and Sunday. Warm temperatures and SW winds will rapidly switch to very cold temperatures (-30 in the alpine) and E winds on saturday night. This will set up nicely for the storm to end depositing nice cold fluffy snow, with higher amounts in the front ranges.

Snowpack Summary

15-20cm settled powder has been redistributed by strong to extreme west winds in the alpine and at treeline. This sits on a variety of wind affected surfaces and a melt freeze crust below 2000m. The midpack is strong in deep snowpack areas, but the facets lingering at the bottom remain a concern in thinner areas.

Avalanche Summary

A skier controlled size 1.5 avalanche was reported on a west aspect at treeline in the Castle mountain backcountry. No recent avalanches have been observed in the forecast area.

Confidence

Intensity of incoming weather systems is uncertain on Saturday

Problems

Wind Slabs

Wind Slabs

New windslabs will be forming with the incoming storm on Saturday. As the winds switch from southwest to northeast on Saturday night, be aware of the potential for reverse loading.

Keep an eye out for reverse loading created by an upslope storm.Use caution in lee areas. Wind loading could create slabs.

Aspects: All aspects.

Elevations: Alpine, Treeline.

Likelihood

Likely - Possible

Expected Size

1 - 2
Deep Persistent Slabs

Deep Persistent Slabs

A layer of weak facets is lurking at the bottom of the snowpack. Though there has been limited activity on this layer, it is still on our mind with consistent sudden collapse results in test profiles.

Avoid steep convexities or areas with a thin or variable snowpack.Use conservative route selection, choose moderate angled and supported terrain with low consequence.

Aspects: All aspects.

Elevations: All elevations.

Likelihood

Possible - Unlikely

Expected Size

2 - 3