Convective Cain

AvCan Vancouver Island

A quick trip to Mt Cain to see which weather model would win today. (One called for 30mm of precipitation!) We arrived in an intense convective squall that was dumping a couple of cm per hour. This eased off but wasn't the last one we saw in our day. We were greeted on the way up by 10 cm of fluffy, coastal powder and caught views of intense wind transport off of Hapush. As we reached treeline and alpine we found more and more evidence of the same wind transport on Cain, but noted only minor cracking off our skin track and not enough cohesion of the soft snow to really see wind slabs forming. Maybe somewhere though! Wind loaded spots we saw held about 25 cm of new snow. On our descent we noticed the new snow getting moist and heavy at about 1300m and below.

Snow conditions were: Powder. Weather conditions were: Cloudy, Stormy, Windy. We rode: Mellow slopes, Open trees, Steep slopes. Riding quality was ok.