Regional Summaries

ACMG Mountain Conditions Summary for the Coast Mountains. June 21st 2018

Junuary on the coast has ended. Some intense the past couple of days has resulted in isothermal snow conditions in the alpine, poor freezes, and a slab avalanche cycle within recent (last week) and old snow layers up to Size 3. Several guides have turned around on common objectives in the Sea to Sky corridor for this reason along with the threat of falling cornices.

Many alpine rock objectives have now come into shape, with good conditions being reported in areas such as the Tantalus Range.

ACMG Mountain Conditions Summary for the Rockies and Columbia Mountains. June 15th, 2018

The fabulous spring mountain conditions have been interrupted by the snow, rain and wind of the past week. In Glacier Park, reports of up to 50cm of new snow having fallen above treeline over the past few days. Similar amounts in the Nakusp region at treeline and I would suspect that is representative of conditions throughout most of the Columbia mtns alpine.

ACMG Mountain Conditions Summary for the Coast Mountains. June 14th 2018

The weather on the coast has been unsettled since last weekend, with 30-40cm of new snow accumulated in the alpine on Blackcomb Mountain. The new snow was wet and sluffing today, as you would expect this time of year. No slab avalanche activity has been reported, although it is possible with that much new snow. The new snow fell as rain below treeline, which has helped to melt away last winters snow lingering on the trails.

ACMG Mountain Conditions Summary for the Rockies and Columbia Mountains. June 8th, 2018

It's been a great week for being up high in the mountains of Interior BC and the Rockies. Alpine routes in Rogers Pass have been getting traffic including shadier mid-elevation routes like MacDonald NW ridge. Mixed routes in the Rockies have been in good condition with great overnight freezes and easy travel on settled spring snow. Glacier coverage continues to make for generally uncomplicated travel, although as always at this time of the year caution is required in the way of roping up and monitoring snow depth vigilantly with a probe.

ACMG Mountain Conditions Summary for the Coast Mountains issued June 7th 2018

Conditions are currently suitable for both alpine climbing and skiing in the Coast Mountains, although you have to do your research and pick your objectives carefully to find out where the snow still remains. You can still expect to run into significant snow patches as low as 1300m (depending on aspect, tree cover and sun exposure), then continuous snow before you reach the alpine.

ACMG Mountain Conditions Summary for the Rockies and Columbia Mountains. May 17th, 2018

Continued warm weather this week put the brakes on all but the more serious efforts at getting out on skis. Exceptions were the high peaks, such as Mounts Columbia, Andromeda and Kitchener in the Rockies which have been seeing a fair bit of traffic. Casual outings are hindered by dry or isothermal slopes into the treeline elevations, although there is the standard May traffic at Parker's Ridge which has high road access at almost 2200 m.

Reports of surprisingly large treeline elevation slab avalanches were reported earlier in the week along the Icefield Parkway in Banff.

ACMG Mountain Conditions Summary for the Rockies and Columbia Mountains. May 10th, 2018

No really dramatic changes reported over the past week but the snowline continues to rise as do the rivers and the tick populations.

Forecast looks like a nice warm sunny weekend for the whole region. Still some corn snow skiing to be had but some walking will probably be required except along the Icefields parkway and some spots at Rogers Pass. Clear nights, early starts and careful terrain inspection and selection will be the key to getting some good safe turns in. In some ways unconsolidated moist snow at low elevations could be the biggest ski injury hazard.

ACMG Mountain Conditions Summary for the Rockies and Columbia Mountains. May 3rd, 2018

This is the first Mountain Conditions Summary for 2018. Spring has finally arrived with some warm temperatures and lots of snowmelt below treeline. It is still winter/spring in most areas at Treeline and the Alpine and snow will remain above 2200m for a long while yet close to the Rockies and Columbia divides.

ACMG Mountain Conditions Summary for the Rockies and Columbia Mountains issued November 16th, 2017

This past week's little storms left most their load west of the divide. Avalanche hazard has risen and in much of the Columbia Mountains it is now Considerable hazard in the alpine, potentially rising to High with the next storm by Sunday. If the forecast strong SW winds come to the Rockies the avalanche hazard will spike there too as wind slabs build mass. As we all know, Considerable hazard is when the accidents seem to happen most, and as Steve mentioned last week this is about the right time of the year for the first avalanche incident -- so don't let it happen to you this weekend.

ACMG Mountain Conditions Summary for the Rockies and Columbia Mountains issued November 9th, 2017

Winter came in quick this week. In the Rockies many ice climbs have formed up really nicely, and people are getting after it. There are isolated wind slabs in the alpine that should be on peoples minds, and at treeline and above there is enough snow to avalanche, especially in that classic gully terrain that most ice climbs form in. Ski conditions have been reported as a mixed bag with some decent turns being found up high and a fairly supportive crust that is being dubbed the “Halloween “ crust in the mountain parks.

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