Andrew Stokes

Forecast called for calm and sunny, unfortunately it turned out to be quite the opposite. Strong winds out of the east and lots available snow for transport made for near zero visibility. Strong easterly’s causing reverse loading in the area. West facing terrain getting loaded through the day. Dug a quick pit at approximately were the map pin is and had propagation on the 20th tap at about 45cm depth. The failure was not in the most recent storm snow but rather in a deeper, older layer.

Snow conditions were: Powder. Weather conditions were: Cold, Windy. We rode: Mellow slopes. We avoided: Convex slopes. Riding quality was ok.

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


ECTP20@45cm (X2) 2 extended column tests propagated on the 20th tap. Failure layer was an old storm snow interface at 45cm depth.


Lots of loose snow from the previous days snowfall getting moved around by strong easterly winds.