Porcupine Hut

North Columbia

Geordon , Monday 28th March, 2022 6:10PM

Spent two nights at the YORA Porcupine Hut. Lots of snow pllus above-zero temperatures made for some sticky spring skiing. We explored up a chute to the north of the hut and managed to get above freezing level (~1,800m) but poor visibility and questionable terrain kept us from summiting. We were pretty soaked by the time we got back to the cabin. The facilities are lovely--kudos to YORA. We were also grateful for the logging road access when one in our party tweaked an LCL on the way out. Notwithstanding the injury, a grand time was had!

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

Snowpack

We dug a single pit around noon at 2,000m on a SSW aspect. Weather was around -5C with poor visibility and 5-10km/h winds coming from the south. HS 120cm. CTM17 sudden planar failure at 30cm and CTH22 sudden planar failure at 55cm, both on facet layers. No avalanche activity observed. Relatively stable, well-bonded snowpack.