Regular forecasts will begin in early November, or whenever regular observations start coming in. Please submit your observations if you head out into the snow!
Above 2,500ft None
1,500 to 2,500ft None
Below 1,500ft None
Degrees of Avalanche Danger ?
General early season concerns include rising danger during and just after storms. Any new storm snow will be prone to both natural and human-triggered avalanches, especially during periods of warming.
Also keep an eye out for stiff or “slabby” snow. Sometimes these wind slabs sound hollow or drum-like. You can probe with your pole to feel for softer, weaker snow underneath. Anywhere with recent wind slabs needs to be treated with caution, as these slabs may slide on slopes 28 degrees and steeper. Convexities are common trigger points for wind slabs.
Recent Avalanche Activity
Additional Info & Media
Avalanche season begins with the first layer of snow. The sliding surface can be slick grassy slopes under the new snow, or old firn/ice in glaciated areas and permanent snowfields. It’s time to dust off your beacons, shovels, probes, and skills. Start looking at the terrain with “Avalanche Eyeballs.” Early season can be a dangerous time of year. The danger will increase with any new snowfalls or wind events this month.