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Backcountry Advisory

As of Wednesday, Dec.

As of Wednesday, Dec. 17

Danger Rating for Thursday and Friday

Alpine: Low

Treeline: Low

Below Treeline: Below Threshhold

Travel Advisory: Some slopes at treeline are approaching the threshold for avalanche activity, but below treeline elevations still do not have much of a snowpack. In the alpine, glaciers and permanent snow slopes have more coverage, but other slopes still have widespread rock anchors visible. Some new snow has finally arrived in the alpine, but don't go too crazy yet as it is only barely disguising many of the underlying hazards. Strong outflow winds today will be scouring what little snow there is on windward aspects.

Avalanche Activity: There has been little in the way of avalanche activity over the past few days. There are isolated areas of thin stiff windslab that may be triggerable by the weight of a skier.

Weather: Cold relatively dry conditions are forecast to continue through the weekend. A low pressure system is expected to pass to the south of our area on Sunday bringing flurries.

Travel with a partner and be equipped and prepared for self-rescue. Watch out for winch-cats or snowmobile traffic if you re-enter the area after operating hours.

– Blackcomb Snow Safety