Snow Report March 14th

Precipitation last night and wet roads this morning but nothing too heavy. Cloudy still with the tops of Happo and Goryu experiencing a lot of fog and very limited visibility. The best things about today are there’s no wind to speak of and it’s Friday…

Precipitation is supposed to increase through the day in the form of rain up to fairly high on the slopes. The very top should get some snow tonight and then sunny skies and warm temperatures are forecast through the week.

Backcountry Travel Advisory:

Temperatures are mild and hovering around 0 at 1500 m. Solar radiation will be moderate to strong on the south slopes today. The thing to keep an eye on are those heavy south faces that are waiting to come down with increased solar radiation, sharp temperature rises and or rain on the slopes. It is especially important to time traverses under South slopes early in the day or on days of cool temperatures. North Faces high in the alpine have not been receiving the same solar radiation and snow temps are still cool. Be careful of intense wind loading on the Northern aspects high in the Alpine from Wednesdays wind event at ridge top. Cornices are big and will come down with the heat.

Avalanche danger will increased with any intense warming or rain. Watch solar radiated slopes, around rocks and cornices as they warm through the day.

Avalanche Hazard:

Alpine: Considerable
Tree line: Moderate
Below Tree Line: Moderate

See Below for International Danger scale classifications or click on the Canadian Avalanche Association web page for the International Danger Scale.

International Danger Scale


3 degrees C.


1 degrees C.




Terrible on top, average at lower altitudes.



BASE DEPTH:135 cm(at the base); 320 cm(at 1500m)



Goryu Toomi, Hakuba 47, Happo-One, Tsugaike Kogen, Iwatake, Cortina, Sanosaka, Sun Alpina, Minekata, Hakuba Highland, Yanaba, all open