Britannia Beach, BC

British Columbia Canada

Forecast Point 59 ft • 49.6264, -123.206

    Avalanche Forecast

    Avalanche Forecasts are for use by experienced backcountry travelers in uncontrolled sidecountry and backcountry terrain. These forecasts and conditions do not apply to open, in-bounds terrain at ski resorts, which is subject to avalanche control by local resort ski patrol.

    Avalanche Rating

    Considerable (3)

    Valid Sat Dec 2 4:00pm PST 28 minutes ago Until Sun Dec 3 4:00pm PST

    Be patient and choose mellow terrain. The new snow needs time to settle, and early season hazards are still lurking below the surface.

    More Detail

    To get the complete forecast with additional graphics and details, please view the Avalanche Canada Zone forecast provided by Avalanche Canada .

    Snowpack Discussion

    Up to 60 cm of new snow has introduced rapid change to the thin, early season snowpack. In the alpine and upper treeline, rider triggerable storm slabs could exist on slopes that are above threshold. Moderate Southwest winds will likely be forming deeper, reactive pockets of slab in lee features.

    Under the new snow you will likely find a variety of early season surfaces, including crusts and 5-15 cm of recent snow. Previously, snow coverage in the region was generally thin, patchy and showing lots of ground roughness. Average snowpack depths at treeline ranged from 20 to 60 cm and tapered off rapidly below treeline.

    Avalanche Activity

    It is likely that a natural avalanche cycle occurred during the heaviest part of Friday night's storm. On Sunday, natural avalanche activity should taper off, but human triggered avalanches are still likely on slopes that are above threshold.

    See this MIN post regarding touchy conditions on Mt. Seymour on Friday.