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 April 15th 2016 at 7:30
Valid until : Sunday April 17th 2016 at 7:30

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

Avalanche problem #1 : None

  • Here is the latest Chic-Chocs avalanche bulletin for the 2015-2016 season. The Avalanche Quebec team wish you a nice spring ski season. Thank you for sharing your comments, ideas and suggestions to info@centreavalanche.qc.ca
  • When there is a frozen crust at the surface, we recommend to use ski crampons or crampons and ice axe to avoid long sliding falls. However, good experience and skills are necessary to use correctly those equipment. Stopping a long slide on a steep slope can be almost impossible even if you have an ice axe.

Avalanche activity

No new avalanches was observed or reported in the last 48h. Thanks to share your observations at info@centreavalanche.qc.ca, via Avalanche Canada mobile app or with this online form.

Snowpack :

A thick melt-freeze crust covers the snowpack at all levels of altitudes and aspects. Spring skiing conditions will be suitable on slopes oriented to the sun when the mercury becomes positive. The average height of the snow cover is between 30-50 cm in the valley, 90-130 cm at treeline and in the alpine 150-170 cm.

Weather forecast:

Beautiful sunny and warmer weather is forecasted for the coming days. The temperatures will rise slightly above the freezing point Friday and even exceed +5 C Saturday. Moderate Northerly winds will decrease to light from Friday afternoon to Saturday evening. 


Gite du Mont-Albert and the Discovery and Visitor Center are now closed for the season. Winter activities are still possible in the Parc National de la Gaspésie until April 30th. Chic-Chocs Wildlife Reserve is accessible until the snow melts.

Snow report

Centre de découverte et services (CDS) - Updated on 15 April 2016 - 5:17

24 h 48 h 7 days Saison Snow depth
0 cm 0 cm 0 cm 295 cm 31 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:JP Gagnon