Bow summit roadside 2 hours ago Observation Quick lap up the avalanche paths past bow summit, one or two snow bridges left for the creek crossing. Snow was variable melt freeze crust with pockets of good snow and some fresh 5 to 10 cm building up. 1 photos
Shames backcountry 1 day ago Observation We went to the darkside of the Dome again but a large cornice failure from the day before and cardboard-like snow from recent rain made us change our plan to mellower runs and less exposure from cornices. We skied from the top of the Dome into North Bowl which was half good half bad.
Shames may 16th 1 day ago Observation Above 0 all day with high winds as you enter the alpine. Blowing a gale top of Dome from the south. Intermittent grapple snowballs falling at times. Scant amount. Wet snow below about 1000 m or so with isothermal feel to it below treeline. 3 photos
West Buttess Athabasca 2 days ago Observation Mid calf foot penetration on east slopes on walk down after topping out the McKibben route. Report of climbers turning around at base of Silverhorn due to claggy conditions. Cloud base below bottom of north face of Atha-B. 2 photos
Noseeum 3 days ago Observation Was going to do Cathedral but the lake O,'Hara road has started to be plowed and there was no freeze at the parking lot. Skied the south aspect of the west outlier of Noseeum as the snow looked the best. We skied down at 1030 am but we were a couple hours early for good corn skiing. 3 photos
Glacier Peak 3 days ago Observation Incredible skiing for the major part of the descent before a little bit of stickiness down below. Snow showers and recent storms brought fresh snow for the whole upper part of the mountain. Travel was good and easy. No signs of cornice failures or other avalanche activity.
Nirvana Pass Basecamp 3 days ago Observation Just returned from a week long basecamp in Nirvana Pass, where winter is holding on. SNOWPACK By midday May 12, we saw up to 10cm of new snow with light southwest winds. Below 2200m, this fell on moist snow. This overlies a widespread May 4 crust. 5 photos
F-H-R 3 days ago Observation Fresh powder over spring crusts was found throughout the day. Snow was still dry and cold boot packing the head wall at 11am. Skiing down the Robertson was good, could feel a breakable occasionally under ankle deep powder. 1 photos
Cloudburst 4 days ago Observation As expected the snow conditions changed massively at different elevations. Morning in the treeline was soft, and then in the subalpine there was a hard crust that would not have supported a skier.
Disease Ridge 4 days ago Observation The fresh snow is poorly bonded on aspects that previously had a hard sun crust. Set off slow-moving wet slab skiing lower Disease on the return home. 1 photos
Conditions Report for Icefields Parkway 4 days ago Observation It is Spring in the Mountains. This means the lower elevation snowpack is melting out rapidly with warm days and rain below 2400m. The snow on the glaciers below 2400m is decreasing and snow bridges are becoming weak. Crevasses are opening up and are a major threat to travel currently.
Hero's knob 5 days ago Observation Was going to ski the Roberson but it was so foggy in the morning so we headed to Heros. It ended up clearing by 11...We avoid using ski crampons by boot packing a lot. Overcast overnight but -2. C in the parking made for a plasticy freeze. South bowl had great skiing around 113O when it softned up. 6 photos
Birdwood traverse 6 days ago Observation Perfect freeze, great powder on the north aspect and good corn everywhere else.. supportive snow to valley bottom right to the end of the day. 6 photos
Heartstrings 1 week ago Observation Easy travel along the Joffre Lakes trail to middle lake. On the approach to heartstrings, there was a thin layer of wet snow covering a solid snowpack. We only had 1-2cm ski penetration the whole way up. We made it to the entrance around 1:30 and found a few good turns of 10cm lighter snow. 2 photos
Mt. Athabasca area 1 week ago Observation Spent a few days skiing short objectives in the Icefields area. Excellent skiing on northerly alpine aspects right now, with up to 30 cm of powder above 2400 m! Below this, ski and boot crampons are helpful managing the semi-supportive melt-freeze crust. 2 photos
Dry Powder on Disease Ridge 1 week ago Observation Given the terrible vis at mountaintop we stayed below 2300m but above 1900m around Disease Ridge and Decker Tarn. Did a few laps in some amazing dry powder. About 10-15cm of the fresh stuff was sitting on a wet melt-freeze crust. 1 photos
S 1 week ago Observation Descente dans le S. Il semblait que les pentes nord n'étaient pas encore dégelée le matin mais la surface avait légèrement dégelé en fin d'après midi. Il y avait quelques centimètres de gros sel sur fond dur : magnifique! L'enneigement est encore très bon en montagne! 1 photos
Pig’s Back Plus 1 week ago Observation Creek is open but there are places to cross to avoid wet feet. Supportive snow for the approach. 10cm of fresh on a well consolidated snow pack made for great ski quality. Cloud cover kept the snow cold and dry. Max temp was 4.6C. Snow depth at valley bottom was 1.3m (1900m elevation). 1 photos
Great skiing and better than average snow coverage 1 week ago Observation This morning, a strong guest and I took advantage of the overnight fresh snow delivery in the front range and made great turns on the Roberson Glacier. 10cm H2D added to preserve dry snow above 2500m, forming up to 40cm of low-density powder. 1 photos
Wapta 4 Peaks 1 week ago Observation Skied St.Nich, both summits of Olive and Gordon from bow lake on Sunday - Lake crossing was fast with refreeze in the morning, but had 6-12 inches of water in the afternoon/evening overtop of the ice for most of it. 3 photos
Athabasca Glacier 1 week ago Observation Sun was poking out this morning and one could see higher alpine near the Icefields Centre. Signs of old serac fall on Mt Athabasca and recent looking loose wet/dry on east slopes near the north ramp. Watched a party ski down Parker ridge making it look like good turns are still to be had up high. 2 photos
Les Vallières pour la fête des mères !! 1 week ago Observation Belle journée ensoleillée avec des vents légers du NO. Bon enneigement en général pour les déplacements à ski. Nous avons dû enlever les skis à deux reprises pour marcher sur la roches sur de très courtes distances plus haut sur les crêtes. Le cycle printanier gel-dégel est bien consolidé. 2 photos
Sparrowhawk Walk 1 week ago Observation We bootpacked the lower slopes and put our skis on at 2250m. Ski crampons and bootpacking was useful on the hard icy slopes above. Fairly easy scrambling to the summit but some people might like an ice axe and crampons. At 1230 when we descended the top 1/3 was icy middle third was perfect corn. 5 photos
Decker & DOA 1 week ago Observation 10-15cm of storm snow on graupel. Snow was not consolidated but was readily sliding on graupel/crust interface. 2 photos
Pow at the back of Cameron lake 1 week ago Observation No snow on the cameron lake road but back of the lake had over 250cm! We crossed the lake, it was a bit slushy but seemed quite stable. New snow made the top 30cm of snow soft and powdery, sticky snow in places. 1 photos
Mt Weed 1 week ago Observation Solid overnight refreeze created good travel. Minimal HS at road on W-ly aspect. Enough to skin on. Above 2400m 5 cm wind affected snow that did not bond well to the crust, ski crampons are essential to avoid constant frustration. 3 photos
Spring day 1 week ago Observation Late season conditions on Wymper. The warmth and sun had not melted the crust on the north side by 1130am when we skiied out. One party attempted the summit, we didn’t see them after they passed us. In valley bottom the snow was wet and getting isothermal. 2 photos
Spearhead glacier 1 week ago Observation About 15cm of fresh snow on spearhead glacier. We skied Husume and snow conditions were good. Saw some size 1 wet loose avalanches in various locations. Storm came in the afternoon and it started to snow.
Glacier Bowl 1 week ago Observation CTE7 down 22 this was the fresh snow layer ECTP15 down 20cm same result as isolated column test ECTP15 down 40 cm Sudden Planar ECTP25 down 60cm Sudden Planar The layers and test results seen down 40cm and 60cm down and the warm temperatures made us unsure about conditions for the day and we decided… 2 photos
Seymour 1 week ago Observation Hard crust, mostly supportive for the early morning. No ski pen whatsoever. Hard turns you'd occasionally break through the crust and lose control. Not fun conditions. Later in the morning, the crust softened leading to a mix of breakable crust, and soft wet slush. 2 photos
Avalanche Closure and Anticipated Control Operations - Highway 93N 2 weeks ago Observation Anticipating May showers in the Maligne and Icefields region for Wednesday and Thursday before returning to cool temps by Friday. A deep winter snowpack still exists on low elevation, high-frequency slide paths at Parkers Ridge and Medicine Lake.
Un Jos Louis un peu collant ! 2 weeks ago Observation Aucun signe d’instabilité n’a été observé. Le haut était un peu crouté et glissait bien, alors que le bas était de la neige mouillée, lourde et collante. 3 photos
Spring ski touring 2 weeks ago Observation Hi all, We just returned from a fantastic ski-mountaineering trip to the Alaskan side of the Stikine icecap in the Northwest Coast mountains from April 25 to May 2, 2022. We flew to our starting point, partially up the Baird Glacier, with Petersburg based Temsco helicopter. 7 photos
Victoria NE Face 2 weeks ago Observation Skied the NE face of Victoria this morning. Crust was present everywhere except the top 2-300m of glacier below the bergshrund. The face was covered in 10-20cm of stable powder, with the occasional short section of thin windboard/solar crust. 3 photos
Aucun vent aux Vallières 2 weeks ago Observation Journée chaude et sans vent !! Peu ou pas de nouvelle neige de la dernière tempête, à notre surprise, la surface en était une vieille neige croûté (quelques signes de la nouvelle neige de tempête plus haut sur les crêtes et haut des pentes SO). 2 photos
An end to Saskatchewan Glacier approach 2 weeks ago Observation Skied Castleguard mountain on Sunday. Conditions varied considerably based on elevation. - Good freeze overnight allowed for fast travel in the morning. We were able to cross most of the ponds at the Sask Moraine. 3 photos
Matier 2 weeks ago Observation Observed signs of recent slab avalanche off Vantage west ridge (see ree circle in picture) 3 photos
Cayoosh 2 weeks ago Observation We attempted Cayoosh but turned back at 2430m due to poor visibility. The weather was generally cloudy with some very brief sunny spells. We dug a pit at 2430m, East facing 30deg slope, snow pack 3m+, CTE4 4cm RP, ECTN28 on 40cm RP.
Marriott Basin 2 weeks ago Observation Cornices started to crumble and debries caused point releases on the slopes below that did stop once terrain began to flatten. We found some powder on a sheltered north aspect at around 2200m, but only rode it once due to the looming cornices above. 3 photos
Whymper Conditions 2 weeks ago Observation Good conditions on North facing aspects still. Skied from the col (is a bootpack to summit). Powder all the way down to approx 2150m. Cornice still present on lookers right above the col, there is a skin track to the left out of the way. 1 photos
Niblock col 2 weeks ago Observation There was an inflection point around 1015am were the temperature climbed 10 degrees. Top 400m was powder followed by some wind effect than some corn skiing down low. Skiing out through the trees was supportive but sticky at 4pm. 3 photos
Bow NE bowl 2 weeks ago Observation Skied the more mellow NE bowl on bow peak. Access was quick other than getting up the last steep S slope to the top of the line. Ski crampons where 100% necessary and skinning was pretty brutal on the steeper slope. 3 photos
Tent Ridge 2 weeks ago Observation Great morning at Tent Ridge with better than expected snow. About 10cm of wind effected powder ontop of a supportive crust. Overnight freeze was solid, with the light wind keeping the snow cool. 1 photos
Grand Daddy Couloir 2 weeks ago Observation Good coverage from the road and overnight freeze made for easy travel to base of the couloir. Ski crampons useful on the fan. Decent bootpacking. Small bits of snow periodically coming down from upper climbers right. But nothing alarming. Couloir skied OK. Mix of hard and soft snow. But not cement!
Chester north couloir 2 weeks ago Observation While skiing down Chester N couloir we heard a small collapse above us while about halfway down. Several cornice chunks came down the couloir, ranging in size from very small up to the size of a mini-fridge. Entrained some surface snow.
Cornices linger, solar aspects heinous, Cornice/Pinwheel debris on North aspects 2 weeks ago Observation Nasty crust on solar aspects under 5cm of new snow. Better turns on north aspects where the crust is down 10cm and more forgiving. But be ware of the cornices that linger above lee aspects. Also, the debris from cornice falls/pinwheels has solidified. Not fun to hit with velocity. 2 photos
Ice - Blue Cheese 2 weeks ago Observation **The gate at the dam has now been moved back to the road making that approach even longer. I went from the boulders for the first time in years. Back to two creek crossings and more bushwhacking. Old tracks are visible to follow much of the way. **Climb now gets morning sun. 3 photos
Noseeum creek 2 weeks ago Observation Skied 2 of the N facing chutes above the Noseeum creek drainage. We bailed on another objective due to missing some critical gear and in a rush decided to poke about in the Noseeum creek area. 3 photos
Lyautey 2 weeks ago Observation Amazing skiing on the north aspects above 2300m. Low elevations were supportive and at the end of the day but don't count on this next week. 10 patches of rock along the summer trail. 6 photos
Cheops North Bowl 2 weeks ago Observation Our snowpack observations were in line with the avalanche forecast. Above 2000m it is still winter with plenty of light and dry snow on shaded aspects. Snow on solar aspects got heavy fast and 1750m and below was nice spring corn/slush. No major signs of instability were observed 4 photos