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Sunshine Meadows

Ben Wards

Skied in the backcountry near sunshine village where only Strawberry lift is open, there was wet snow to the top of Strawberry with light winds. We did a few laps on south aspect of Mt Standish. Trail breaking was difficult as a new 10cm layer of wet heavy snow sat over a faceted midpack that you sank through especially in shallow areas. We didn't observe the October crust that is prevalent at Highwood pass. We observed a wet sluff beneath the goats eye from the parking lot. It was a size 1.5 on north aspect in the alpine that only envolved the new snow. Skiing was more like plowing on slopes below 25 degrees.

Snow conditions were: Heavy, Wet. Weather conditions were: Wet, Warm, Cloudy. We rode: Mellow slopes, Open trees. We avoided: Alpine slopes, Convex slopes. Riding quality was ok.

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

Location

51.06785000 -115.78872000

Sunshine Meadows

Source: Avalanche Canada MIN