Avalanche bulletin for the Chic-Chocs

Area concerned:Mont Albert, mont Hog’s Back, Champs-de-Mars, mont Lyall, mont Vallières-de-Saint-Réal, mont Blanche-Lamontagne and Mines-Madeleine.

Issued on : Friday February 24th 2017 at 7:36
Valid until : Sunday February 26th 2017 at 7:30

Danger ratings Friday Saturday Outlook Sunday
Alpine LowLowConsiderable
Treeline LowLowModerate
Below treeline LowLowModerate

Avalanche problem #1 : None

No avalanche problem for this period.

Avalanche activity

With the rain, wet snow avalanches (slabs or loose) may have occurred but we have not received any reports yet. Please share your observations at info@avalanchequebec.ca, on the Mountain Information Network of Avalanche Canada or with this online form.

Snowpack :

About 5 to 15 mm of rain fell during the day Thursday and overnight leading to a decrease of the height of snowpack of the order of 10 to 20 cm measured at our weather stations. Positive or near zero temperatures have been recorded up to the peaks and have returned below the freezing point since the middle of the night. A generalized freezing crust is therefore forming at all elevation and aspects with a few cm (1-5 cm) of new snow covering it locally at the surface. In general, the average height of the snowpack is now between 90-130 cm in the valley, 120-190 cm at treeline and 140-220 cm in the alpine.

Weather forecast:

Mainly cloudy weather and decreasing temperatures are forecast for Friday with western winds of about 20 km/h in the valley and up to 45-60 km/h at the summits. A few flurries with no significant accumulations are possible until Saturday morning. The return of warm temperature on Saturday (max + 4C) will turn the precipitation into freezing rain and drizzle and then into rain in the afternoon and overnight (5-8 mm). Rain will change back to snow during the day Sunday. All the details in the Chic-Chocs weather forecast (French only).


The Avalanche Awareness Days will be happening this weekend. Many activities are proposed including our Avalanche draw (Quebec residents only) on Saturday evening during the après-ski Gaspesien at the Discovery and service Center in Gaspésie National Park. Join us!

Snow report

Centre de découverte et services (CDS) - Updated on 24 February 2017 - 5:45

24 h 48 h 7 days Saison Snow depth
1 cm 1 cm 87 cm 363 cm 94 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:Dominic Boucher