Narao Trees Banff Yoho Kootenay: Lake Louise, 17 hours ago Observation Very shallow snow pack for this time of year. We battled with lots of brush and thin covered rocks. It was very easy to punch through the new snow and old crust into the 30-50cm of rotten facets. Facets made for soft skiing but made it very easy to sink down to hidden obstacles. 1 photos Friday January 27th Avalanche Canada, 20 hours ago Forecast Regions: Banff Yoho Kootenay, Little Yoho, Banff, East Side 93N, Kootenay, LLSA, Lake Louise, Sunshine, West Side 93N, Field Dinosaur Head Banff Yoho Kootenay: Sunshine, 1 day ago Observation In the Dinosaur Head the HS was 80cm. The midpack was pretty weak and you would sink in facet holes occasionally while skinning. Skiing was good but a bit sporty with unsupportive snow and more underbrush and small trees. Snow was moist on the Healy pass trail below 1950m. 2 photos Thursday January 26th Avalanche Canada, 1 day ago Forecast Regions: Banff Yoho Kootenay, Little Yoho, Banff, East Side 93N, Kootenay, LLSA, Lake Louise, Sunshine, West Side 93N, Field Sunshine - Goat's eye study plot Banff Yoho Kootenay: Sunshine, 1 day ago Observation Avalanche observation by Parks Canada Visitor Safety, seen near Sunshine, reported on Thu 26th Jan, 2023 11:00AM 1 photos Oxo/Puzzle Peak Ramp Banff Yoho Kootenay: East Side 93N, 2 days ago Observation Great day out. Snow conditions were good on the ramp, heavy powder but we had some great fresh lines. No wumphing or shooting cracks seen. Slight Sun affect on the snow as the day got warmer. We rode slopes less than 30 degrees to minimize risk. 4 photos Wednesday January 25th Avalanche Canada, 2 days ago Forecast Regions: Banff Yoho Kootenay, Little Yoho, Banff, East Side 93N, Kootenay, LLSA, Lake Louise, Sunshine, West Side 93N, Field Wednesday January 25th Avalanche Canada, 2 days ago Forecast Regions: Banff Yoho Kootenay, Little Yoho, Banff, East Side 93N, Kootenay, LLSA, Lake Louise, Sunshine, West Side 93N, Field Tuesday January 24th Avalanche Canada, 3 days ago Forecast Regions: Banff Yoho Kootenay, Little Yoho, Banff, East Side 93N, Kootenay, LLSA, Lake Louise, Sunshine, West Side 93N, Field Hector South Shoulder Banff Yoho Kootenay: East Side 93N, 4 days ago Observation Went for a nice attempt at the south shoulder - easy bushwhacking to the main drainage but with a pretty thin snowpack and a lot of vegetation to navigate. Once we made it to the drainage, we noticed some minor shooting cracks off the skin track and inconsistent sinking to the faceted layer. 2 photos Dolomite Traverse Banff Yoho Kootenay: East Side 93N, 4 days ago Observation 1) Saw very recent size 2 natural avalanche. Crown averaging 30cm, wind slab, east aspect. 2) Ski cut size 1.5 wind slab, 30-40cm, north aspect 3) Ski cut size 1.5 wind slab, 40-50cm, east aspect, in gully feature Also saw old slab avalanches coming off the cliffs behind Dolomite. 4 photos Lake Louise, Fairview North West Aspect Banff Yoho Kootenay: Lake Louise, 4 days ago Observation Avalanche observation by jack.holmes11, seen near Lake Louise, reported on Mon 23rd Jan, 2023 8:30AM 1 photos Monday January 23rd Avalanche Canada, 4 days ago Forecast Regions: Banff Yoho Kootenay, Little Yoho, Banff, East Side 93N, Kootenay, LLSA, Lake Louise, Sunshine, West Side 93N, Field Monday January 23rd Avalanche Canada, 4 days ago Forecast Regions: Banff Yoho Kootenay, Little Yoho, Banff, East Side 93N, Kootenay, LLSA, Lake Louise, Sunshine, West Side 93N, Field Chickadee Valley; Is it for the birds? Banff Yoho Kootenay: Lake Louise, 5 days ago Observation Checked out the slide paths in Chickadee Valley, looking for some safe ski lines. We checked out the first slide path which ran circa January 14 (as reported by Francisco in the MCR). It had run mid path to about the middle of the track. 3 photos Lake Helen & Katherine Area Banff Yoho Kootenay: East Side 93N, 5 days ago Observation Beautiful day out near Lake Helen. Snow was dust (~10cm) on crust and skied great on mellow lee slopes. Windward slopes were quite bare in the alpine. Snowpack becomes very unsupportive and faceted in the trees, but coverage is improving slowly. 2 photos Crowfoot Glades Banff Yoho Kootenay: West Side 93N, 5 days ago Observation Fantastic day to be out. No signs of whumfing or cracking or instability. A couple of times you would break through the crust layer under the powder to the crap underneath but not triggering happened. 1 photos Little Crowfoot Banff Yoho Kootenay: West Side 93N, 5 days ago Observation Toured up to Ferris Glacier via bow hut/crowfoot route. Unsurprisingly, highly variable and wind-affected snowpack moving through moraines. Supportive only where wind/rider compression a factor in gullies. Probed 1.6-2m on glacier @ 2750m. 1 photos Dolomite Shoulder/Puzzle Peak Ramp Banff Yoho Kootenay: East Side 93N, 5 days ago Observation Toured up Dolomite shoulder and puzzle peak ramp. Noticed a sz1 (seemed remote triggered) on east side of shoulder, crown looked about 60cm. HS 105, ct failed on 14 with sudden collapse down 60cm on facets. Stability seems consistent with reports. 4 photos Sunday January 22nd Avalanche Canada, 5 days ago Forecast Regions: Banff Yoho Kootenay, Little Yoho, Banff, East Side 93N, Kootenay, LLSA, Lake Louise, Sunshine, West Side 93N, Field Sunday January 22nd Avalanche Canada, 5 days ago Forecast Regions: Banff Yoho Kootenay, Little Yoho, Banff, East Side 93N, Kootenay, LLSA, Lake Louise, Sunshine, West Side 93N, Field Boom Mountain; Whumpf, there it is… Banff Yoho Kootenay: Lake Louise, 6 days ago Observation Headed up to look at terrain on the East aspect of Boom Mountain with a group from Calgary. On the approach, trail breaking when not on existing skin tracks was heinous with frequent episodes of crashing to ground in weak depth hoar and facets. Mt Richardson Banff Yoho Kootenay: LLSA, 6 days ago Observation Natural on Mt Richardson observed from Larch Top. 3 photos Saturday January 21st Avalanche Canada, 6 days ago Forecast Regions: Banff Yoho Kootenay, Little Yoho, Banff, East Side 93N, Kootenay, LLSA, Lake Louise, Sunshine, West Side 93N, Field Saturday January 21st Avalanche Canada, 6 days ago Forecast Regions: Banff Yoho Kootenay, Little Yoho, Banff, East Side 93N, Kootenay, LLSA, Lake Louise, Sunshine, West Side 93N, Field Wawa Ridge Bowl Banff Yoho Kootenay: Sunshine, 1 week ago Observation Chill tour along wawa ridge. No instabilities to report. a nice layer of snow on top of some hard base. Skied not too bad all considered. Heavily tracked! Watermelon Peak Banff Yoho Kootenay: East Side 93N, 1 week ago Observation Had 2 whimpfs on ascent and descent in the alpine, no shooting cracks. Stayed on slopes 25 degrees or less. Dug a pit at 2500 m - height if snow was 90 cm, found Jan 4 surface hoar (3-4 mm) down 10 cm with Compression test broken results. 2 photos Friday January 20th Avalanche Canada, 1 week ago Forecast Regions: Banff Yoho Kootenay, Little Yoho, Banff, East Side 93N, Kootenay, LLSA, Lake Louise, Sunshine, West Side 93N, Field Thursday January 19th Avalanche Canada, 1 week ago Forecast Regions: Banff Yoho Kootenay, Little Yoho, Banff, East Side 93N, Kootenay, LLSA, Lake Louise, Sunshine, West Side 93N, Field Thursday January 19th Avalanche Canada, 1 week ago Forecast Regions: Banff Yoho Kootenay, Little Yoho, Banff, East Side 93N, Kootenay, LLSA, Lake Louise, Sunshine, West Side 93N, Field Fairview Mountain Banff Yoho Kootenay: Lake Louise, 1 week ago Observation A very weak, thin snowpack with varying stability. Powder snow overlays a 20-40cm melt freeze crust with large facets and depth hoar to ground in most areas. Total height of snow was 50-80cm deep. Many avalanche slopes were not within threshold. Wednesday January 18th Avalanche Canada, 1 week ago Forecast Regions: Banff Yoho Kootenay, Little Yoho, Banff, East Side 93N, Kootenay, LLSA, Lake Louise, Sunshine, West Side 93N, Field Wednesday January 18th Avalanche Canada, 1 week ago Forecast Regions: Banff Yoho Kootenay, Little Yoho, Banff, East Side 93N, Kootenay, LLSA, Lake Louise, Sunshine, West Side 93N, Field Bow Summit Study Plot Banff Yoho Kootenay: East Side 93N, 1 week ago Observation The first image is the Bow Summit study plot snow profile for January 18, 2023. The second image is a table showing the past 10 years of total snowpack height (HS) at Bow Summit for mid-January. 1. Notice how this is the most shallow year in a decade. 2. 2 photos Tuesday January 17th Avalanche Canada, 1 week ago Forecast Regions: Banff Yoho Kootenay, Little Yoho, Banff, East Side 93N, Kootenay, LLSA, Lake Louise, Sunshine, West Side 93N, Field Tuesday January 17th Avalanche Canada, 1 week ago Forecast Regions: Banff Yoho Kootenay, Little Yoho, Banff, East Side 93N, Kootenay, LLSA, Lake Louise, Sunshine, West Side 93N, Field Little Crowfoot Banff Yoho Kootenay: West Side 93N, 1 week ago Observation Skied off Little Crowfoot in light powder and good light. HS 120cm on Ferris glacier, bottom half facets, with thick supportive layer above facets roughly 30-40cm, 10cm light powder on top, estimates from probing, didn’t dig into snow. We avoided thin and steep slopes. 1 photos Monday January 16th Avalanche Canada, 1 week ago Forecast Regions: Banff Yoho Kootenay, Little Yoho, Banff, East Side 93N, Kootenay, LLSA, Lake Louise, Sunshine, West Side 93N, Field Observations during an AST 1 field day. Banff Yoho Kootenay: Lake Louise, 1 week ago Observation A 24hrs old, Sz 2 from Boom Mt S face down the first main avalanche chute when entering the valley was observed. It ran 1/2 of the path, due to poor visibility we don't have much else to add. 1 photos Wolverine bowl Banff Yoho Kootenay: LLSA, 1 week ago Observation We stuck to mellow slopes and would often sink into the snowpack while skiing. We dug a pit, the compression test results were CTM - 11 - SC (down in the facets). Lots of facets and pretty rotten snow. Sunday January 15th Avalanche Canada, 1 week ago Forecast Regions: Banff Yoho Kootenay, Little Yoho, Banff, East Side 93N, Kootenay, LLSA, Lake Louise, Sunshine, West Side 93N, Field Sunday January 15th Avalanche Canada, 1 week ago Forecast Regions: Banff Yoho Kootenay, Little Yoho, Banff, East Side 93N, Kootenay, LLSA, Lake Louise, Sunshine, West Side 93N, Field Corral shoulder Banff Yoho Kootenay: LLSA, 1 week ago Observation While doing AST 1 course we had one whumpf while skiing down. Stuck to very mellow terrain. Had sudden collapse, and no results from compression tests. Snow quality was unsupportive due to deep facets Crowfoot glades Banff Yoho Kootenay: West Side 93N, 1 week ago Observation All the ingredients are there, but not enough cohesion in the upper snowpack in many places. Bow Falls Banff Yoho Kootenay: West Side 93N, 1 week ago Observation We noticed whumpfing on the approach, most noticeably at the base of the ice, as well as shooting cracks. A cornice was present along the top of the cliff band but not directly above the climb. Ice conditions- first time climbing, seemed fat and air rated in spots, I would say In good condition. Recent wind slabs Banff Yoho Kootenay: West Side 93N, 1 week ago Observation Toured onto the Ferris glacier today. Recent southerly winds formed new wind slabs buried by a few cms of HN which were unreactive in the mellow angled terrain skied today. Evidence of a wind slab avalanche cycle out of steep extreme terrain was observed with no deeper slabs pulled. Crowfoot Glades Banff Yoho Kootenay: West Side 93N, 1 week ago Observation Started at truck -1 C at 8:45 AM. Mainly cloudy with no wind. Dusted of snow in the skin track until across the lake and 1/2 up the approach. New snow started to become deeper. Zero instabilities noticed while up tracking. Occasionally (2-3 x) ski broke through support crust - minor. 3 photos Saturday January 14th Avalanche Canada, 1 week ago Forecast Regions: Banff Yoho Kootenay, Banff, East Side 93N, Kootenay, LLSA, Lake Louise, Sunshine, West Side 93N, Field Saturday January 14th Avalanche Canada, 1 week ago Forecast Regions: Banff Yoho Kootenay, Banff, East Side 93N, Kootenay, LLSA, Lake Louise, Sunshine, West Side 93N, Field Sunshine Meadows Test Profile Banff Yoho Kootenay: Sunshine, 1 week ago Observation Avalanche observation by Parks Canada Visitor Safety, seen near Sunshine, reported on Sat 14th Jan, 2023 1:00PM 1 photos Friday January 13th Avalanche Canada, 2 weeks ago Forecast Regions: Banff Yoho Kootenay, Banff, East Side 93N, Kootenay, LLSA, Lake Louise, Sunshine, West Side 93N Friday January 13th Avalanche Canada, 2 weeks ago Forecast Regions: Banff Yoho Kootenay, Banff, East Side 93N, Kootenay, LLSA, Lake Louise, Sunshine, West Side 93N
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