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Avalanche Forecast - Kananaskis Country    

This forecast produced by the Public Safety staff of Kananaskis Country, Government of Alberta. For more information: avalanche.safety@gov.ab.ca phone: 403-678-5508

Date Issued   Saturday, 24 May 2014 10:00 PM      Valid Until    Sunday, 24 May 2015 9:00 AM

Regular bulletins have stopped for the season. Summer is right around the corner and the snow pack is dwindling by the day. Large alpine features that still hold snow have yet to go through a large cycle. Watch those areas in the weeks to come.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Avoid all avalanche terrain.

Natural and human-triggered avalanches certain.

Large to very large avalanches in many areas.

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Increasing overnight temps are preventing good freezes. As spring moves on, snow in steep, confined terrain will be increasingly likely to avalanche. Even if the feature has run previously, there is a good chance the remaining snow will avalanche.

Travel and Terrain Advice
  • Avoid areas with overhead hazard.

Prepared by matt.mueller