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 December 2nd 2016 at 11:50
Valid until : Thursday December 8th 2016 at 12:00

Danger ratings Friday Saturday Outlook Sunday
Alpine LowLowLow
Treeline LowLowLow
Below treeline LowLowLow

Avalanche activity

It is still early season and snowpack remains generally below the threshold to produce avalanches. Our observations in the mountains are however limited. Thank you for helping us by sharing your observations at info@avalanchequebec.ca, via Avalanche Canada Mountain Information Network or with this online form.

Snowpack :

So far, the anticipated storm seems to have struck all around the Chic-Chocs with 25-30 cm of snow reported in Gaspé, Baie-des-Chaleurs, Matapédia and Bas-St-Laurent. In our area, our few field observations and our weather data indicate an average height of the snowpack of about 10-15 cm in the valley at 200 m elevation and up to 30 cm at 600 cm elevation.  These snow conditions are still clearly insufficient to travel easily and safely on skis or snowboards in the mountains.

Weather forecast:

Snowfalls continue and accumulations in the mountains could reach 30 to 50 cm by Monday based on most optimistic models or 10 to 20 cm according to more pessimistic models. A clearing is expected at the beginning of the week followed by several sunny days with temperatures oscillating between -5 Celsius during the day and -10 Celsius at night.


Join us this Friday night at 5 pm at the Microbrasserie le Malbord in Ste-Anne-des-Monts for the first official sip and the unveiling of the name of Avalanche Québec's benefit beer. Later, the film Gaïa from Drama Production will be presented at 7 pm. See you there!!!

Snow report

Centre de découverte et services (CDS) - Updated on 2 December 2016 - 9:01

24 h 48 h 7 days Saison Snow depth
8 cm 13 cm 13 cm 13 cm 13 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