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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   Thursday, 17 April 2014 10:00 PM      Valid Until    Friday, 18 April 2014 9:00 PM

Spring conditions are variable right now. The expected weather will make for a mixed bag of avalanche problems. Watch for winter like conditions up high, and spring hazards down low. Keep an eye on the snow's overnight recovery.

Danger Rating: Friday Alpine Treeline Below Treeline
2 - Moderate Heightened avalanche conditions on specific terrain features. Evaluate snow and terrain carefully; identify features of concern.
2 - Moderate Heightened avalanche conditions on specific terrain features. Evaluate snow and terrain carefully; identify features of concern.
1 - Low Generally safe avalanche conditions. Watch for unstable snow on isolated terrain features.
Saturday Sunday
Alpine 2 - Moderate 1 - Low
Treeline 2 - Moderate 1 - Low
Below Treeline 1 - Low 1 - Low
Confidence: Good
Learn more about danger ratings
Low Moderate Considerable High Extreme

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.

Storm Slabs
What Elevation Zone?
Which Slopes?
Chance of Avalanches?
Expected Size?

The incoming snow will likely be cool enough to form new slabs. The bond with the existing snow will depend on how cold the underlying layers are at the time of the new snow. Asses this bond on small terrain to get an idea of how it might react.

Travel and Terrain Advice
  • Avoid freshly wind loaded features.
Deep Persistent Slabs
What Elevation Zone?
Which Slopes?
Chance of Avalanches?
Expected Size?

This layer's potential as an avalanche problem is huge. Sustained high temperatures will be needed for this layer to wake up.

Travel and Terrain Advice
  • Minimize exposure to sun exposed slopes when the solar radiation is strong.
  • Be aware of thin areas that may propogate to deeper instabilites.

Prepared by matt.mueller