Regional Summaries

ACMG MOUNTAIN CONDITIONS SUMMARY FOR THE ROCKIES AND COLUMBIA MOUNTAINS ISSUED JULY 6, 2017

Sent on behalf of Grant Statham:

The dog days of summer are “the hot, sultry days of summer”, and they are here now! Considering the 35 degree temperature in Revelstoke right now, and the forecast for this weekend – it’s safe to say that the heat is this week’s big story. Both Invermere and Calgary weather forecasts have “special weather statements in effect”, which warn of an extended spell of temperatures in the mid to upper 30’s right through the weekend.

So what does this mean in the mountains?

ACMG MOUNTAIN CONDITIONS SUMMARY FOR THE ROCKIES AND COLUMBIA MOUNTAINS ISSUED JUNE 29th, 2017

We are officially in early summer conditions, and the weather looks promising through the weekend into next week with sunny skies and the odd afternoon storm.

The Bugaboos are drying out, although there is over a meter of snow at the Applebee campground, and the snowline starts at the Kain hut. Reports are of fast morning travel with an overnight freeze and many of the South and East aspects are mainly dry. The higher peaks (Pidgeon and Howsers) are still very snowy with cornices and will need some time.

ACMG Mountain Conditions Summary for the Rockies and Columbia Mountains issued June 15th, 2017

It has been rainy and mostly fairly calm the past couple of days in both ranges. Freezing levels have been observed as high as 3350m(11,000 ft) and light snow has been reported as low as 2300m along the Rockies Divide and in the Bugaboos yesterday. All the rain and warm air will help settle the snowpack somewhat in the long term but it was a deep moist "slushie"of a snowpack up to at least around 2700m yesterday at Lake O'Hara. My guess would be that conditions are similar at that elevation throughout the ranges.

ACMG Mountain Conditions Summary for the Rockies and Columbia Mountains issued June 1st, 2017

Warm, grey and humid in most of the Rockies and Columbia Mountains either at present or sometime today. A bit of snow and rain has fallen overnight according to the few weather stations still up and reporting. From the limited reports it looks like it has been fairly calm in the past 24 hrs most places with some moderate to strong winds from the SW along the Rockies Divide.

ACMG Mountain Conditions Summary for Rockies and Columbia Mountains November 20th, 2016

Currently in the Rockies good skiing can be found above 2100m with a supportive base, not a lot of wind effect and good travel conditions. Below 2100m the snowpack tapers quickly and access down low is still very thin. There are several ice crusts present in the lower snowpack including the prominent Nov 12 crust. These are not a problem yet but will be worth watching in the future to see how they behave. The cooler wetter conditions this summer have left the glaciers in a bit better condition than some recent years.

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