Kananaskis Improvement District, AB

Alberta Canada

Forecast Point 5,976 ft • 50.7029, -114.8792

    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

    High (4)

    Valid Sat Mar 2 1:45pm MST 20 hours ago Until Sun Mar 3 4:00pm MST

    Good time to avoid all avalanche terrain and head to a local resort.

    Avalanche control is planned again on East end of Mt. Rundle & Mt. Buller avalanche control zone on Sunday Feb 3rd. The spray road remains closed from Grassi lakes to Goat creek parking lot.

    A Special Public Avalanche Warning is in effect. Click the red SPAW link for details.

    More Detail

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

    Snowpack Discussion

    60-90cm of recent snow is now overlying the Feb 3rd crust complex. Storm slabs and wind slabs can be expected in this new snow which will be easy to trigger with a skiers weight. A weak layer of faceted crystals also exists above and below this crust that has been producing moderate sheers. This new snow is beginning to overload this layer and cause a natural avalanche cycle. The November basal facets are alive and well and back on our radar as the February 2 rain crust is deteriorating and not locking in the weaknesses below as it once did. Skier weight has now been able to break through the Feb 2 rain crust in some places, which means that the basal facets can now be more easily affected.

    This is a good time to avoid all avalanche terrain

    Avalanche Activity

    A good Min report found: Here

    Avalanche control was attempted once again on East end of Mt. Rundle, poor visibility all day stopped the team from accessing the high targets. A good clean out however on the backside of Three sisters showed slab properties and the new snow moving quickly.