Some areas in Waterton Lakes National Park are now open to the public after the Kenow Fire. Closures are still in effect for other areas due to safety hazards and infrastructure damage. As a result, the frequency of the avalanche bulletin for Waterton Lakes National Park will be reduced. Avalanche bulletins will be specific to areas of the park that remain open.
Insufficient observations exist to reliably rate the avalanche danger. Expect shallow snow cover with thinly buried rocks and trees just beneath the surface. Avalanche danger often concentrates in gullies and other deposition areas, where windslabs may bond poorly to a weak underlying base. Deeper snow usually exists at higher elevations. More Early Season details.
Strong west winds gusting to extreme (90km/h) are forecasted overnight Thursday and into the morning on Friday. Winds will diminish slightly Friday afternoon bringing snow flurries and a cooling trend for the weekend.
In the eastern area of the park that is currently open to the public, the only patches of snow are in shaded, wind loaded gullies and depositions at tree-line and the alpine. The valley bottom is largely free of snow.
A few small wet avalanches from sunny, steep, and rocky alpine terrain observed earlier this week.