Area closures in Jasper National Park for caribou in winter. No backcountry access in the Tonquin, Brazeau, and north boundary regions of the park. For details follow the “Seasonal closures” link in the Resources below (bottom of page).
Wind slab development will continue with moderate to strong SW winds. Investigate its bonding to the old snow surface before committing.
A persistent slab sits over 2 different layers depending on elevation and aspect. Below 1950m, the layer is the Dec 1st rain crust roughly 40-60cm down. Above 1950m, facets buried are the primary layer of concern.
Deep persistent slabs are best managed by:
Cornices are best managed by:
Sunday will be cloudy with flurries, maybe 4cm of snow, -7C, and light SW winds. Monday might bring 12cm of snow, -7 to -3C, light gusting moderate SW winds, and 1600m freezing level. Tuesday is cloudy with flurries, little snow accumlation, -14 to -9, and light winds.
25 cm of snow from the Jan 12th storm is settling in with slightly warmer temperatures. The top 40 cm is compromised of Wind Slabs particularly in open areas above Tree Line. The mid snowpack is faceted with a persistent weak layer buried 40-70cm down. Basal facets and depth hoar can be found at the base of snowpack.
Saturdays Icefields patrol had good alpine visibility but no new naturals were noted. Below treeline showed some limited activity from the past 48 hours but no large avalanches. Jan 13th explosives control resulted in several wind and persistent slab avalanches up to size 2.5.