|Durrand Glacier Snowpack|
elevation 1946 m (tree-line)
| 260 cm to 280 cm snowpack.
Super light powder, fast skiing in all aspects.
|Empire Lake Chalet
elevation 2118 m (lower alpine)
| 300 cm
Super light powder, fast skiing in all aspects..
|Mt. Moloch Chalet
elevation 2205 m (lower alpine)
| 300 to 350 cm
Super light powder, fast skiing in all aspect. Minor wind effects in exposed areas.
above elevation 2500 m
| 350 cm to 420 cm
Super light powder, fast skiing. Minor wind effects at mountain tops.
Present Avalanche Hazard for the DURRAND GLACIER AREA, January 20, 2018:
Below Tree-line: MODERATE (2)
Tree-line: MODERATE (2)
Alpine: CONSIDERABLE (3)
Avalanche Concerns, January 20, 2018:
At the time we experience a large variability of snowpack stability in the northern Selkirk Mountains. In some areas natural and human triggered avalanches have been observed during the past days. As of today, only sloughing of the very light surface snow in very steep alpine terrain has been observed in the Durrand Glacier Chalet. However, we keep digging several daily test profiles down 150cm from the surface in various elevations and aspects. With a such variability in the snowpack, this is the only way to fully understand the shear strength of the various buried layers. So far we have only experienced hard shear results and no shear results on the December 15th surface hoar layer, December 27th surface hoar layer and on the January 5th surface hoar layers. Lets hope it will stay that way.