Jonathan Eagles , Thursday 20th February, 2020 7:10PM
Did a ride for our AST2 course. Saw a size 1 avalanche under a broken cornice on a north east facing slope. Was probably a couple days old. Saw some shooting cracks in wind loaded areas. We avoided winded loaded slopes and slopes under cornices. Dug a pit on a NE FACING convex slope. Surface hoar layers at 15cm and 45cm. On the compression test, the shallow layer reacted on tap 5 (easy) while the lower layer reacted as a hard 5. The lower layer 45cm down did not react on our extended column test.
Snow conditions were: Wind affected, Powder. Weather conditions were: Cold, Windy, Warm, Sunny. We rode: Alpine slopes, Mellow slopes, Sunny slopes, Open trees. We avoided: Steep slopes, Convex slopes. Riding quality was good.
Avalache Conditions: Whumpfing or drum-like sounds or shooting cracks.
Source: Avalanche Canada MIN