Peyto Hut

Alberta Canada

Forecast Point 8,166 ft • 51.6658, -116.5457

    Avalanche Forecast

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    Avalanche Rating

    Moderate (2)

    Valid Tue Apr 16 5:00pm MDT 14 hours ago Until Wed Apr 17 5:00pm MDT

    A short return to winter has given us 5-15 cm of new snow, depending on location. Just enough for a refresh, although the spring crust is just under the surface. The next few days look good as the skies clear and temperatures remain cool with north winds, then the next spring warm-up happens through the weekend and into next week.

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    Snowpack Discussion

    5-10 cm of new snow now covers previous surfaces of crust and wind effect. Small windslabs have formed in isolated areas above treeline and will react easily to human triggers since they're on a smooth crust - but the avalanches are small. The midpack is well settled down to the Feb 3 persistent weak layer which remains a concern in shallow snowpack areas on northerly alpine aspects. In these areas, no crusts are found in the upper snowpack and the midpack remains thin and weak.

    Avalanche Activity

    Thin (5-10 cm) and soft windslabs and sluffs to size 1 were easily triggered today on open slopes from new snow and wind loading. The cool temperatures have temporarily slowed down the deeper avalanche activity, but expect this to spike up again when it warms up or gets direct sun. During the last warm spell, many avalanches stepped down to the Feb. 3/basal facet layer (See photos). These were a combination of solar triggered or cornice triggered on polar aspects.