Hollyburn South Face

gagnes

Above 1200 m, crust was supportive with 2 cm fresh powdery snow, nice. Between 1000 and 1200 m, there was a crust was 5 to 10 cm thick that was penetrable using a strong ski-pole thrust (at the tip & basket end), with 30+ cm of wet snow below. On the uptrack, the crust was supportive and difficult to easily set an edge-hold yet with a stomp a ski-edge hold could be attained. On the ski turns down, that crust was penetrated by the ski-tail edges resulting in a spring-grip that made linking a turn next to impossible. Below 1000 m, crust was hard.

Snow conditions were: Crusty. Weather conditions were: Cloudy, Wet, Windy. We rode: Open trees. Riding quality was terrible.

Avalache Conditions: 30cm + of new snow, or significant drifitng, or rain in the last 48 hours.