Surprise Pass

Banff Yoho & Kootenay National Park

ctnorman , Wednesday 23rd March, 2022 5:00PM

Surprise Pass: the views great the riding not so much. Legend Purple: moguls Orange: breakable wind/thermal crust Green: Sweeeet (by comparison) Go there for the views and a bit of adventure, not the ride quality. No signs of instability on the circuit, but we had topped out at 10:45 just as the sun was starting to reach the final climb. The descent was wind affected very skied out at ridge too: no wind slab. Lower down could be a concern later in the day. Of note: Mount Whyte’s south aspect was already shedding wet loose slides, almost to valley bottom by 11:00 am.

Snow conditions were: Crusty, Hard, Wind affected. Weather conditions were: Sunny, Warm. We rode: Alpine slopes, Steep slopes. We avoided: Sunny slopes. Riding quality was ok.

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