Sun Peaks Back Country

North Columbia

gvill1962 , Tuesday 23rd March, 2021 7:20PM

Problems listed today with Avalanche Canada were for cornice and wind slab, however we found an issue beyond this on a north facing slope, just under 30 degrees. We were cutting across the slope one at a time when the first skier experienced a 1 meter crack approximately 25cm deep shoot out in both directions below the skier. Under 20cm of new snow is a deep layer of faceted, unstable snow. We immediately backed away and escaped this slope. A slide was imminent had we continued to proceed. We moved to ski lower angled slopes - which proved to be fantastic. Do not be complacent with the snow pack and expect more risk than what is in the avalanche report.

Snow conditions were: Powder. Weather conditions were: Sunny, Warm. We rode: Mellow slopes. We avoided: Alpine slopes, Convex slopes, Steep slopes. Riding quality was amazing.