Sugar Cube

Banff Yoho & Kootenay National Park

qturner , Thursday 24th March, 2022 3:20PM

Mixed bag of conditions near cirque today. Mashed potatoes on solar aspects below 1900m by 1PM. Breakable melt-freeze/solar on East aspects to 2300m. Good skiing found where wind has deposited enough to cover the crust. Pit dug at the base of sugar cube: CT7 uneven break down 20 on fresh soft windslab. CT13M resistant planar down 50 on a facet interface. No propagation of either on ECT & stubborn to shovel shear from behind. O.k. conditions in the couloir, melt freeze debris. In the choke. Good skiing in the bowl above. Large avalance off Crowfoot - cornice failure only. Size 2- 2.5.

Snow conditions were: Crusty, Hard, Heavy, Powder, Wind affected. Riding quality was ok.

Avalache Conditions: Rapid temperature rise to near zero degrees or wet surface snow.