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.
Early season snow has arrived, and although Rogers Pass did not receive the heavy dump that fell in the Rockies Front Ranges, there is now enough snow for avalanches and keen early-season climbers and skiers should be prepared.
Deep persistent slabs are best managed by:
Cornices are best managed by:
The autumn parade of frontal systems are in full swing, with showery weather interspersed with the occasional sunny day. Check the Avalanche Canada weather blog for updates on mountain weather, as well as the Environment Canada site for Revelstoke and Golden.
The early season snowpack is starting to accumulate in the alpine. Roughly 60-80cm of snow can be found above 3000m, but it dwindles quickly as you lose elevation (40cm at 2500m, 5cm at 2100m) as of Oct 2, 2019. Snowpack depths are not conducive to skiing at Rogers Pass yet, even on high alpine glaciers.
Several loose avalanches to sz 2 were observed from Sir Donald's SW face on Oct 1. Summer trails that access alpine zones are now susceptible to overhead hazards like avalanches or rockfall generated by large sluffs. Perley Rock, Abbott, and the Sir Donald trails could all see falling material (snow or rock) with strong solar input or storms.