17cm Overnight!Posted: January 29, 2012
Not the 20+cm one forecast was calling for, but I’m finding it hard to complain with another 17cm of new snow overnight at Lake Louise, bringing the weekly snowfall total to 55cm. And with the snow supposed to keep coming for a few days still, there’s going to be lots for everyone!
In addition to snowfall, last night also saw moderate winds blowing for most of the night, which means it’s reasonable to expect some delays in terrain openings. Moderate winds can move around a lot of snow, and with lots of snow available to be moved around (called fetch), we’re expecting slab conditions on leeward slopes. Slab avalanches are usually the largest and most destructive, so control teams will want to make sure they’ve taken care of any lingering avalanche potential before opening avalanche terrain to the public.
Enjoy the powder!