Cameron Lake - Forum Ridge

Waterton Lakes National Park

bradhurkett , Monday 3rd January, 2022 6:35PM

Snow conditions were: Deep powder, Powder, Wind affected. Weather conditions were: Cold, Stormy. We rode: Alpine slopes, Mellow slopes, Open trees. We avoided: Convex slopes, Steep slopes. Riding quality was good.

Snowpack

CTE NR East facing, 30 degree slope, 2130 m 20 -25 cm storm on top of series of wind slabs. No avalanches observed but visibility was limited. Test slope felt bomber, though snowpack was variable and punchy at mid mountain elevations in alpine track zones. Previous wind slabs were observed to be an ideal bed surface for storm snow as we observed consistent sluffing skiing the steeper slopes at tree line and alpine. Ski quality was best on lower, mellow slopes where wind had leas affect.

Weather

Moderate West winds shifted to the north at 1300 hrs. Temperature plummeted to -18 C at 14030 hrs.