Snow Report March 28th.

Precipitation fell last night in the form of snow down to the valley though there was little accumulation and base depth is reduced from yesterday. This precipitation will continue through the weekend and into next week bringing a mixture of rain and some snow in the valley and (hopefully only) snow at altitude. Visibility is limited above 1000m and there is currently no wind to speak of.

There are lots of dirt patches opening up on the skifields meaning lots of fun hits all over the place. Spring jib sessions more than well in effect…

Backcountry Travel Advisory:

We’re seeing real spring conditions with high fluctuations in temperature reaching to around 10 on the plus extreme and plunging down into the negatives at the other. Last night saw the temperature drop and snow down to the valley for the first time in a while. This fresh snow is sitting on the old sliding pack on a mixture of crust and melt-freeze and will come off easily. There was no wind to speak of meaning a fairly even coverage however its possible there were some winds in the Alpine and if so there will be some packing on lee-ward slopes.

There are a lot of protruding rocks, gaping holes, big dirt patches etc. up to fairly high on the mountain, especially on solar aspects, that will have received a light dusting of snow but be very very careful if travelling down these. They don’t look like much fun at all. Northern Aspects haven’t received quite the hammering but warm temperatures have seen a lot of deprecation of the snow pack, rocks will be protruding, holes and cracks will be forming and fluctuating temperatures will have created crust and melt freeze conditions. Be extremely careful and scope any slopes well in advance before entering any off-piste areas.

Avalanche Hazard:

Alpine: Moderate
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


1 degrees C.


0 degree C.


Light Westerlies.


Fair at the base, terrible on top.



BASE DEPTH: 75 cm (at the base); 245 cm (at 1500m)



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