Avalanche Bulletin - Banff, Yoho, and Kootenay National Parks - Tue Oct 17, 2017

Issued: Sun Oct 08, 2017 10:20
Valid Until: further notice

For any high elevation pursuits, be aware of the new snow over the past few weeks. There could be up to one meter on high elevation north aspects. Be wary of fresh wind slabs. [SS]

Public Avalanche Forecast
Early Season Conditions:  Sunday
Early Season Conditions

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.

Past 24 hour weather
Station Maximum (°C) Minimum (°C) Snowfall (cm) Snow Pack (cm) Wind speed Ridgetop wind direction
Simpson 2115/2320m Not Available Not Available Not Available Not Available Not Available Not Available
Bow Summit 2040m Not Available Not Available Not Available Not Available Not Available Not Available
Sunshine 2200m Not Available Not Available Not Available Not Available Not Available Not Available
Low
  • Generally safe avalanche conditions. Watch for unstable snow on isolated terrain features.
  • Natural and human-triggered avalanches unlikely.
  • Small avalanches in isolated areas or extreme terrain.
Moderate
  • Heightened avalanche conditions on specific terrain features. Evaluate snow and terrain carefully; identify features of concern.
  • Natural avalanches unlikely; human-triggered avalanches possible.
  • Small avalanches in specific areas; or large avalanches in isolated areas.
Considerable
  • Dangerous avalanche conditions. Careful snowpack evaluation, cautious route-finding and conservative decision-making essential.
  • Natural avalanches possible; human-triggered avalanches likely.
  • Small avalanches in many areas; or large avalanches in specific areas; or very large avalanches in isolated areas.
High
  • Very dangerous avalanche conditions. Travel in avalanche terrain not recommended.
  • Natural avalanches likely; human-triggered avalanches very likely.
  • Large avalanches in many areas; or very large avalanches in specific areas.
Extreme
  • Avoid all avalanche terrain.
  • Natural and human-triggered avalanches certain.
  • Large to very large avalanches in many areas.
Forecast Details

Weather Forecast

Another small storm is forecast to bring snow to the upper elevations during the early part of the week of October 8-14, with clearing skies and continued cool temperatures later in the week.

Snowpack Discussion

Several autumn snow storms have deposited the base of this winter's snowpack at high elevations in the Rockies. Expect this snow to remain on all aspects above 2500m, with pockets of wind slab and fragile cornices starting to appear on ridge crests and leeward areas. Be wary of unstable snow on steep, high elevation glaciers or gullies.

Avalanche Activity Discussion

No avalanche activity has been reported.

For More Details

Emergency: (403) 762-4506
Forecasters: (403) 762-1470

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