Widespread whumphing and shooting cracks in previously un-skied terrain. Recent natural activity and remote triggering of this weakness resulted in avalanches up to size 3 failing on the weak faceted snowpack. Caution is recommended.
Previous 25cm snow and moderate SW winds have added to the windslab problem in the alpine and open tree-line features.
Deep persistent slabs are best managed by:
Cornices are best managed by:
Light snow this week with light NW winds shifting Easterly on Friday. Seasonal temperatures dipping to -18 on Friday.
25cm snow last week at the Columbia Icefields with 35km/hr SW winds built windslabs at TL and ALP. Winds continue light to moderate from SW. A rain crust is below 1900m. A dense upper snowpack overlies a weak faceted base making for unpredictable dangerous avalanche conditions. Feb 10 SH layer may be 40cm deep yet its reactivity remains dormant.
No patrol on Monday or Tuesday. SAR team busy in Mcbride on rescue. On Feb 17 several size 2-3 avalanches were triggered by skiers from a significant distance away in the McCarib Pass area. Widespread whumphing and shooting cracks were noted in the Whistler creek area recently.