Below 2100m, windslabs sit on a thick melt freeze crust which could serve as an excellent bed surface and allow fractures to propagate surprisingly far. Take the time to evaluate the bond to this layer.
Deep persistent slabs are best managed by:
Cornices are best managed by:
Friday: A mix of sun and cloud with freezing level at valley bottom. West winds 50km/ hour gusting to 80.
Saturday: Scattered flurries. 5- 10cm of accumulation with freezing level remaining at valley bottom. Strong SW wind.
Sunday: Snow throughout the day with total accumulation between 10-20cm. Freezing level 1100m. Strong SW wind.
Recent storm snow has allowed for continued development of windslabs on all but West aspects. New & old windslab sits over a thick melt freeze crust which exists up to 2100m. Recent natural windslab activity occurred with this melt freeze crust as the bed surface. The midpack is well settled, though weaker basal facets can be found in thin areas.
Numerous natural size 1-2 windslab avalanches observed from the Akamina parkway today. One of the observed natural avalanches stepped down in to a deep persistent slab in a shallow snowpack area on a cross-loaded feature. Observations are less than 24 hours old .
Significant cornice growth noted in the alpine.