Regional Summaries

ACMG Mountain Conditions Summary for the Rockies and Columbia Mountains. August 5, 2021

After another hot, dry and smoky week in the Rockies and Columbia Mountains, some unsettled weather is on the horizon for most of BC and the Rockies especially on Friday and Sunday. Forecast precipitation amounts vary considerably over the region so keep checking local conditions, but expect some showers or thundershowers and slightly cooler temperatures before a ridge of high pressure is slated to start building again early next week.

ACMG Mountain Conditions Summary for the Rockies and Columbia Mountains. July 30, 2021.

A minor change may be in the works in the next week, with some showers forecast. Long term modelling shows more sustained precipitation starting in a week or so - we can keep our fingers crossed that we will get some "bad" weather in August, but I'm not holding my breath.

WEATHER
Heat and smoke have been the norm most places, and I'm not sure there is enough rain in the forecast to change that much.

ACMG Mountain Conditions Summary for the Coast Ranges - July 30, 2021

As a habitually suspicious species, we humans tend to feel "the grass is always greener"whenever we consider our own situation in life. But I'm suggesting that, at least as far as mountain conditions go, that it simply doesn't get any better than what we've got in our backyard right now. I've spent most of the last month in the Boundary Range around Stewart and, having just done a 3-day smash and grab in the Tantalus Range, I can offer a broad perspective on Coastal conditions.

ACMG Mountain Conditions Summary for the Rockies and Columbia Mountains. July 22, 2021

WEATHER

It was hot again this past week which continued to melt away any snow up high, and overall has made the ice faces look like mid August, not mid July. Having said this, a report from the Mt. Alberta hut near the Columbia Icefields this AM (~2750m) said there was 5cm fresh snow at the hut, was cold today, and that snow wasn't really melting.

ACMG Mountain Conditions Summary for the West Coast - July 15, 2021

We’re in full summer mode now and if you’ve been wanted to get up into the alpine there’s no time like the present.

Glaciers:
Despite the amazingly warm weather the glaciers along the Sea-to-Sky have fared reasonably well. Sun cups have continued to develop but are not overly large, coverage on the glaciers is surprisingly good and crevasse bridges have been strong. This has all combined to offer good travel. Of course things change rapidly and I expect the continued heat will really start to take its toll as the days go by.

ACMG Mountain Conditions Summary for the West Coast - July 15, 2021

We’re in full summer mode now and if you’ve been wanted to get up into the alpine there’s no time like the present.

Glaciers:
Despite the amazingly warm weather the glaciers along the Sea-to-Sky have fared reasonably well. Sun cups have continued to develop but are not overly large, coverage on the glaciers is surprisingly good and crevasse bridges have been strong. This has all combined to offer good travel. Of course things change rapidly and I expect the continued heat will really start to take its toll as the days go by.

ACMG Mountain Conditions Summary for the Rockies and Columbia Mountains. July 1, 2021.

The heat dome may be leaving us soon, but its results will be with us for awhile.

WEATHER
It's been sunny and hot for the past week, with record-setting temperatures throughout the mountain ranges. For example, at Parker's Ridge at 2300 m there have been overnight lows of 20 degrees, and highs approaching 30. Banff and Jasper both broke all-time high temperature records on Monday, and then again on Tuesday (39C / 102 F at my house in Banff).

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