East Paddy

Yukon

Cedar Jasiuk , Saturday 13th February, 2021 8:40AM

We found good riding on South side of East facing ridges. Recent North winds deposited some good snow into these areas. When we tried skinning up a more North aspect we found widespread wind slabs at about 1300m. It made skinning quite difficult and the riding quality was poor. Once we worked are way to the South aspects we were able to skin up to 1600m quite comfortably. Above 1600m wind slabs were quite prevalent on all aspects so we turned around. Day was -30 at road level and -16 at 1300m. Clear skies all day. Light south wind. Photo is when we pulled the plug at 1600m. There was about a 5cm crust that was breaking away, underneath that was a rock solid old slab that without ski crampons was pretty impossible to skin on. Still from this point we enjoyed 700m or so of great skiing!

Snow conditions were: Powder. Weather conditions were: Cold, Sunny. We rode: Alpine slopes, Steep slopes, Open trees. Riding quality was amazing.

Source: Avalanche Canada MIN