The odd whumpfing and small cracks on wind slab. But overall good snow with some wind affected in areas. This was skied on Tuesday March 17th, it won’t allow me to set it as today, hence it says yesterday. We were there 11am-4pm.
Snow conditions were: Heavy, Wind affected, Powder. Weather conditions were: Warm, Cloudy. We rode: Alpine slopes, Steep slopes, Open trees. We avoided: Sunny slopes, Convex slopes. Riding quality was good.
Avalache Conditions: Whumpfing or drum-like sounds or shooting cracks.
We had a small wind crust that showed up here and there. We dug a pit and a shear shovel test showed to slabs (one 35cm down & one 75cm down) they both didn’t slide super smooth and had no energy behind them. When we did a CT we didn’t had them break and when we did a ECT we didn’t get any results. The observation at 35cm looked to be on a crust, the observation at 75cm down looked to facets. We dug this 1940m just above treeline. We chose to go up and it skied very well. On our second lap we noticed the small wind slab that broke between two tracks but only slid a few centimetres. At one point it a choke of a small chute we had a very small fracture below my skis that ultimately was just turned into sluff. ￼The snow was getting heavy and some snow started to fall with fog moving in when we left.
We saw some small slides off the Mt. Murray knobs that looked as if they broke yesterday. Pretty small and looked like it had been getting cooked in the sun the past bit, only slid 40-50m on what looked to be 40ish degree slope. We also saw a small sluff slide come off ￼￼Mount Smith-Dorrien headwall towards “sweet sixteen”. It didn’t trigger anything once it hit the ground.
Source: Avalanche Canada MIN