Under the Only Cloud in BC 16 minutes ago Observation We decided to ignore all the beautiful sunny weather in the province today and go skiing in the only cloudy, snowy place out there. Exploring in the Dome Creek area we found no traces of the January 12th surface hoar which has been found in the southern and western parts of the Cariboos. 3 photos
Ursus Minor SE Couloir 31 minutes ago Observation Wonderful day up Ursus Minor and down its SE face/couloir. We went up Hospital Bowl onto the Ursus Minor Shoulder. Uptrack delivered a ski penetration of 10-15cm over a variety of snow from dry powder to wind-affected snow.
Sunshine Backcountry 36 minutes ago Observation All aspects in the alpine were wind hammered and very poor skiing. At treeline some good turns on protected south aspects but mostly poor. Below treeline we found a lot of good snow. 3 photos
Kokanee Bowl 1 hour ago Observation We dug a pit at the top of our intended line, just below the ridgeline. There was a firm crust on the surface, followed by low density storm snow, and then a very obvious well defined weak layer approx 45cm down.
South Klondike North 1 hour ago Observation Stayed north along the corridor today. Climbed to an alpine peak under sunny skies and calm winds. -2 at 1600m! Snowpack is variable with all surfaces having some level of wind affect. 2 photos
Backside ozone 1 hour ago Observation We were scoping some lines on the backside of ozone, standing on skiers R aspect above girlfriends chute. We observed a recent slide down one of the chutes on far skiers L, which was recent in the last 48 hours (unsure if it was human or natural triggered).
Corbin Pass 2 hours ago Observation TP: at corbin's pass on an open cutblock at 1540m, S asp, ~25 deg. HS: 160 cm CTM/H 19,23,28 (SC) dn 40cm on preserved Jan 11th SH sz. 4-6mm See photo of Jan. 11th layer popping out in pit wall. Of note there seems to be a thin rime crust just sitting on top of the SH. 1 photos
Youngs Peak Cornice Failures 2 hours ago Observation Avalanche observation by borjamoncunill, seen near Glacier National Park, reported on Thu 21st Jan, 2021 11:45AM 2 photos
Shelf - Chromosome Linkup 2 hours ago Observation -13C at trailhead at the start of the day. Maybe -5C (if not warmer) at the top of our rappel. -10C back at the car. 8 photos
Needle Pk 2 hours ago Observation Took a day trip up Needle - overall conditions are pretty bad. Skin up through the trees wasn’t much fun very icy and all existing skin tracks have been bombed out by snowshoers. In the alpine it was crusty/hard conditions on basically all aspects - pretty solid sun crust on solar aspects. 3 photos
North Face of Video Peak 2 hours ago Observation Today during an AST 2 we skied the North Face of Video Peak and then 8812 bowl. The North Face of Video Peak was a mix of breakable wind crust and chalky snow, with no windslabs observed. 8812 Bowl was amazing fast powder, becoming moist near the bottom. 1 photos
Wheaton Whoops 3 hours ago Observation A whooped out sled trail into the Tally Ho zone - still some open water in places. We saw more evidence of a natural avalanche cycle from the last storm. Above 1000m there’s widespread wind effect. We stayed away from wind loaded alpine features that looked like windslabs today. 3 photos
Wind AFFECTED in York! 3 hours ago Observation The wind really hammered the York bowl last week. SW facing alpine slopes were stripped bare and where there was snow it was hard slab and sastrugi. Even at the tree line hard slab was present. Below 1800 meters the rain crust that formed after last week's storm is varied in thickness. 3 photos
Sunshine Ski Area Snow Profile 3 hours ago Observation Profile at Sunshine ski area study plot (2200m). 1 photos
My Lefroy East face 3 hours ago Observation Today we observed a very large crown (2-3m deep and several hundred meters wide) on the upper East face of Mt Lefroy. It is confirmed that this was not there yesterday.
Nigel Creek Slide Paths 4 hours ago Observation Hs 150cm at 2300 on sw aspect CTM 12 down 120cm SP on facets Possibly due to solar effect causing denser upper snowpack
Hope Creek (NE Mount Gerald) 13 hours ago Observation Group of snowmobiles were riding in large bowls the north east of Mount Gerald . One rider climbed to near top and begun to side hill. As he was side hilling the snow broke over a rock face and began to slide. Rider was caught in the middle of the ensuing avalanche.
Video/8812 22 hours ago Observation Was blessed with first tracks down video today. Wind filled in all of yesterday's tracks and made for some pretty spectacular skiing. Stability was good, top 5-10cm sluffing in steeper terrain but nothing beyond that. Followed up with a lap down 8812 which had even more wind deposits. 2 photos
Anderson Cabin 22 hours ago Observation Avalanche observation by Michaela Pye, seen near Northwest Coastal, reported on Wed 20th Jan, 2021 9:06AM
Burstall Pass 22 hours ago Observation Dug a pit on a tour to Burstall Pass. Snow depth at the top of the trail 145-150cm. Very stiff and packed. Compression test revealed 2 layers of potential problems. First layer fractured at 13cm from the top from the very hight impact. Second layer fractured at 45cm from the ground level. 5 photos
Fish Face Cutblocks 23 hours ago Observation Trip in Bear Face Cut Blocks: We could still feel crust below 1500m but the 10-15cms on top is starting to cushion it enough to be enjoyable skiing. Wind effect noted in open areas BTL as we ascended. Light west winds were transporting surface snow.
TAP Ski Guide Exam observations 23 hours ago Observation We spent the last 3 days travelling in the Rogers Pass on part 2 of our Ski Guide Exam. Jan 18 - We skied up to 8812 col and off the backside and ascended to the N shoulder of Ursus Major. 3 photos
Mt Field (almost) Summit Lap 23 hours ago Observation We were surprised to be the only group on Mt Field today. We planned for a summit lap but went knowing wind had been quite strong for the last 24 hrs. We were surprised to signs of wind transport, but very little signs of wind slab formation.
Mt Makay 1 day ago Observation Avalanche observation by melissaj.rawson, seen near Purcells, reported on Wed 20th Jan, 2021 1:00PM
Post windstorm 1 day ago Observation A trip in the Perry Creek drainage to see what yesterday's extreme wind did to the snow. The alpine is very hammered, as expected. But, sheltered trees had really good snow. There was ~10 cm that fell and got blown in yesterday on top of firm windblown stable snow. 2 photos
Shames Obs 1 day ago Observation Avalanche observation by lucasmatt, seen near Northwest Coastal, reported on Wed 20th Jan, 2021 12:00PM
🌬🌬🌬 Where did all the powder go? 1 day ago Observation Recent moderate to strong southwesterly winds have blown the powder into stiff slabs in the alpine and treeline making for some firm riding conditions. We saw no signs of recent avalanches in the area. 3 photos
White Knight 1 day ago Observation We climbed the southeast aspect of Mount Ogden today, hoping to take a look at White Rabbit. after some failed attempts to safely cut a cornice, we decided to ski White Knight instead. the skin up was relatively pleasant, no bootpacking until past white knight. 2 photos
Blue sky blues 1 day ago Observation Ski pen and foot pen increased to 5cm above 1600m (in sheltered, non-wind affected areas). The surface crust was breaking down and transitioned from 6cm thick to 1cm as we gained elevation.
Churchill Slide Paths 1 day ago Observation 1750m pit: CT test Down 20cm resistant planar 15 taps, Down 40cm resistant planar 18 taps, Down 72cm resistant planar 20 taps, ECT storm layer at 20cm resistant planar, no propagation.
Wheaton 1 day ago Observation A slight inversion in the Wheaton today -13c/-7c with clear skies and light variable winds. Old avalanches from the recent storm can be seen on all aspects. On average size 2 -2.5 starting mid-track and running into tree line. 3 photos
Cautiously stepping out 1 day ago Observation Due to reports of buried surface hoar, we tested several small slopes before cautiously moving into bigger terrain. We had enough confidence to ride into the alpine, but were content with views due to widespread wind effect. 3 photos
Shames update for 20th. 1 day ago Observation Soft slabs that pulled out wet snow that may have dropped down deeper at bottom end of run out. Full path.
Mount Rowe 1 day ago Observation Avi Hazard low at and below treeline today. Snowpack showed no signs of instability. Wind hardened crust present at all elevations on south face of Mount Rowe.
Fast travel at Brandywine 1 day ago Observation It was our last day of exploring the area for the deep persistent avalanche problem, now removed from the bulletin. We saw some large avalanches that released on deeply buried weak layers but they were all likely from over a week ago. 3 photos
Vermillion 1 day ago Observation Sunny day, no wind from 9am onwards. Skied solar aspects and snow was surprisingly good with minor wind effect and no sun effect.
Sun in Elkford 1 day ago Observation We checked for the persistent weak layer in a shallow rocky area and found that the Dec. melt-freeze crust was not at this specific location although suspect it is in the area and that it is gaining strength. We had no results in our profile ECTX and CTN 3 photos
Youngs Peak 1 day ago Observation Today our AST 2 group bailed on Plan A in the parking lot due to 10-15cm of new snow with strong winds in the alpine overnight and yesterday. Instead we walked up the Asulkan Valley to see if we could make it up Youngs Peak. 2 photos
Pipestone Bowl profile 1 day ago Observation Snow profile taken in the trees, just west of the main Pipestone Bowl at 2300 m. Note the presence of two easily identified surface hoar layers (Dec 13 and Jan 11). We did an Extended Column test and got no results (ECTX) and three Compression Tests with no result on the surface hoar. 5 photos
Patience, ça s'envient 1 day ago Observation Plusieurs dépôts de petites avalanches naturelles (taille 0.5) observés sur le Mur des Patrouilleurs aujourd'hui. 5 photos
pano ridge east 1 day ago Observation fyi only my second pit. ECTX. block only fractured after ect and ct by levering pretty hard from behind with shovel. snow temp -10@140cm, -7@110cm, -5@80cm. much thinner snowpack and windslab forming above treeline so didn't bother to continue up. no shark hunting today. 3 photos
Bow Summit Study Plot Full Profile 1 day ago Observation Avalanche observation by snow.safety, seen near Banff Yoho & Kootenay National Park, reported on Tue 19th Jan, 2021 12:51PM 1 photos
Cheops wind slab 1 day ago Observation Misread terrain, skied hard into a convex drop, slab released at skiers feet and propagated about 40m to the east. 1 photos
Ron Jeremy 1 day ago Observation Everything went in the last cycle and there's frozen debris everywhere. 2 photos
Destiny Ridge 1 day ago Observation The test failure layers was a 4cm of Melt forms and SH with rounding sharp edges. 2 photos
Big Reset? 1 day ago Observation Storming crazy hard in Spieker today, with gusts over 80 km/hr and visibly sometimes below 10 meters. Not much of the snow managed to stick around but what did was forming pretty touchy thin slabs in the mellow areas we rode. 2 photos
Destiny Basin @Max, 1 day ago Observation Surface hoar is decomposing and produced no remarkable results in 3 test profiles today. 1 photos
Grizzly Couloir 1 day ago Observation Strong W winds during the climb on the S face. Snow felt solid with enough penetration to skin all the way to the ridge. Snow in the couloir was compacted from wind and previous tracks, but still had nice soft pockets on the more sheltered side (skier's right). 2 photos