Regional Summaries

ACMG Mountain Conditions Summary for the Coast Mountains - June 3rd, 2021

The mountains are getting ready to welcome us back.

Conditions
All in all conditions are shaping up quite nicely to be back climbing in the alpine. Snow cover is a bit behind that of last year, which was even more snow than usual. Hiking trails are snow-free up to 1200 – 1500m and in the high country, the snow is well enough settled in most places to travel on foot, assuming you don’t mind some post-holing. For those who are still looking for some skiing, soft corn still is possible. Snow is starting to become sun-cupped but until then smooth enough for some ski fun.

ACMG Mountain Conditions Summary for the Rockies and Columbia Mountains. May 28, 2021

WEATHER
The past few days have been mixed with numerous small storms from the west carrying modest precip amount of rain and, above 2000 m, snow. Accumulations in the high alpine range from 20+ cm west of the divide to 10 cm or less further east. The forecast for the weekend is for drying out and clearing, with Sunday looking to be a lovely day to be in the mountains. There should be good overnight freezes with low temps in the alpine of -4 or colder, plenty of sun, and light winds.

HAZARDS

ACMG Mountain Conditions Summary for the Rockies and Columbias Mountains issued May 20th, 2021

Another mixed bag of transitional weather and conditions is in store for the May long weekend.

Weather
The current weather pattern affecting the Rockies and Columbia mountains is upslope in nature - meaning that the farther north and west you find yourself, the better the weather will be. Overnight temperatures are consistently below freezing throughout the forecast zone, while the daytime highs, precipitation and cloud cover vary greatly. Check your local forecast.

ACMG Mountain Conditions Summary for the Coast Ranges - May 13, 2021

It’s that time of year again when Avalanche Canada has paused forecasting for avalanche hazard (although their ongoing daily weather synopsis is a great product at https://www.avalanche.ca/weather/forecast), most winter operations such as ski areas and lodges have shut down, and reports on the Mountain Information Network become fewer and fewer.

ACMG Mountain Conditions Summary for the Rockies and Columbia Mountains Nov 12, 2020

A storm earlier this week brought winter back to the mountains and deposited up to 20 cm up high along with a fair bit of wind from the SW. Temperatures have been well into the negative double digits in the alpine with highs around -15 recently. At treeline and below it's been milder, but still seasonably cold; Bow Summit for example went up to -8 briefly this afternoon.

ACMG Mountain Conditions Summary for the Rockies and Columbia Mountains. November 7, 2020

Note: Up to date avalanche bulletins are now being issued for many of the National Parks and can be found at www.avalanche.ca

The big warm up of last week changed things considerably with heavy rain at lower elevations, and lots of new snow with strong winds in the alpine. This resulted in a lot of snow loss at lower elevations, the melting of a many south facing/low elevation ice climbs, the formation of an ice crust in the snowpack which will be something to watch once more snow arrives, and elevated avalanche hazard up high.

ACMG Mountain Conditions Summary for the Rockies and Columbia Mountains. October 30, 2020

It's been an interesting week for mountain conditions. The week started off cold and wintery and now we've got a sneak peak at spring with high winds and warming temperatures. While I was skiing up at Highwood Pass two days ago the snow below 2100 m was moist, and the occasional loose avalanche triggered by warming could be seen in steep terrain. Snow on shaded aspects above 2100 m was still dry. But of course it isn't spring. The snowpack is very, very thin still.

ACMG Mountain Conditions Summary for the Rockies and Columbia Mountains. October 23, 2020

After a cold blustery week the forecast for this weekend looks pretty decent with sunny skies in the forecast across western Canada and cold temperatures in the negative double digits overnight and below freezing during the day.

With all of the recent snowfall and wintery atmosphere, skiing is on everyone's minds. Days feel short, I'm packing extra layers and a thermos, bringing along a headlamp. How quickly things can change at this time of the year!

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