As of Tuesday, April 18:
April powder? We will take it! The weather forecast for the weekend will be snow, strong winds and cloudy skies. Freezing levels will likely be in the range of 1,500 to 2,000 metres, which means high altitudes will see snow, while lower elevations can have a combination of rain and snow.
With stormy weather, users of remote areas should expect high hazard ratings. Wind panels and storm panels are likely to develop, especially on steep high mountain slopes.
To stay safe in stormy weather, it’s best to avoid high-impact terrain. What does high consequence mean? We are talking about very steep or steep slopes that can lead to injury or death. Think steep couloirs, large, open bowls where wide spread plates can be activated, or steep slopes that trap terrain like cliffs, trenches, and crevices.
To stay safe in stormy weather, it’s best to follow terrain with low inclines (less than 30 degrees) that don’t expose you to upper slopes.
To stay safe in the outback during this stormy weather:
Sticking to low-angle terrain (below 30 degrees) doesn’t cause you to encounter steep slopes.
Carefully monitor the bond between the new snow and the old surface.
Watch for signs of instability such as humming, hollow sounds, cracking sounds, or recent avalanches.
Be wary of contours, where there may be ridges and can be damaged naturally or by your weight.
Enjoy these powder days while we still get them!