BACKCOUNTRY AVALANCHE ADVISORY 

As of Jan. 14, 2000

We received 20 cm of light density snow last night and early this a.m., accompanied by moderate mountain-top winds from the south-southeasterly direction. Temperatures at the mountain tops were in the -14C. range.

Slope tests conducted this morning resulted in numerous size 1.0 very soft slab and loose avalanches. A number of start zones were observed to have run naturally overnight. While light density snow of this nature may seem harmless when in motion, given a long enough slope it could entrain a substantial volume of snow!

At lower elevations below the treeline, a surface hoar layer is resting on the Y2K melt-freeze crust up to 1 metre below the surface. This layer appears to be reaching critical threshold in isolated areas in this region, as well as in numerous other areas throughout the province. More widespread activity within this layer may begin with further loading or with warmer temperatures. While many of the logging slashes below treeline may still have enough ground anchors in them to prevent this layer from being an issue, any slopes with smooth ground cover or little in the way of anchors should be suspect. Avoid any terrain traps such as steep gullies or creekbeds.

Always travel with a partner and let someone know your itinerary. Be equipped and prepared for self rescue.

The Backcountry Avalanche Danger is currently rated as CONSIDERABLE.

Conditions may vary, and can change rapidly.

Call 938-7676 or 1-800-667-1105 for further information on this area and other regions in the province.

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