Bulletin d’avalanche – 8 février 2020

Avalanche Bulletin - 2020-02-08

We receive more snow than forecasted! Be really careful in the mountain!
Areas concerned: Mont Albert, mont Hog’s Back, Champs-de-Mars, mont Lyall, mont Vallières-de-Saint-Réal, mont Blanche-Lamontagne et Mines-Madeleine
Issued on: 2020-02-07 @ 18:00
Valid until: 2020-02-08 @ 18:00
Danger ratings Saturday Sunday Monday
Alpine Considerable Considerable Moderate
Treeline Considerable Considerable Moderate
Below treeline Moderate Moderate Low

Avalanche problem #1 : Storm slab

Storm slab will continue to form at all elevation and on all aspect with the snow received and forecasted for Friday night. Also, the wind will increase and turning. This will form wind slab at the top of E-SE-S-SW alpine slope and at treeline. With a CONSIDERABLE danger rating, natural avalanche triggering is possible and human triggering is likely. Take the time to carefully evaluate the snowpack and be really conservative with your decision-making about your itinerary.

Avalanche activity

A skier reported natural avalanche activity at mont Albert. Thanks for sharing your observations at info@avalanchequebec.ca, on the Avalanche Canada’s Mountain Information Network or with this online form.


In the alpine and at treeline, the new snow received since Friday morning (10 to 20 cm depending of the area) lay on the snow of this week for a total of 30-40 cm depending of the area. This snow covers either hard wind slabs or the crust formed by mixed precipitation of January 26th. SW-W and N alpine aspects lack generally some snow cover. Below treeline, up to 30 cm of snow covers now the January 26 crust. The snow conditions vary greatly in the mountains and many obstacles are still present at the surface. The depth of snow on the ground varies generally from 50 to 200 cm.

Weather forecast

Friday night: 10 to 15 cm, northerly wind blowing at 65 km/h, temperature in the alpine of -16 C.

Saturday : 1 cm in the morning and then clearing, strong north wind decreasing to moderate and turning NW in the afternoon, temperatures in the alpine -16 C.

Sunday : Sunny, moderate to strong westerly wind, alpine temperature -17 C.

Monday : Snow flurries, less than 2 cm, westerly light wind, alpine temperature -8 C.


Never travel in the mountain without your transceiver, your shovel and your probe. If you don’t have that, you can rent it as : https://avalanchequebec.ca/oulouerlequipement/

Snow report

Centre de découverte et de services - Mis à jour le 7 février 2020 à 08:00

24 h 48 h 7 jours Saison Au sol
4 cm 4 cm 20 cm 243 cm 71 cm
Disclaimer This avalanche bulletin is prepared with the most recent weather, snowpack and avalanche activity data available for the Chic-Chocs. It is strictly information that can be used as a part of a decision making process and is not intended to be a replacement for knowledge about avalanche safety including and not limited to safe travel practices and the use of backcountry rescue equipment such as beacon, shovel and probe.

Prepared by : Laurie Dumas

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