PaulR

Banff Yoho & Kootenay National Park

paulribi , Friday 5th February, 2021 9:00AM

Went out for a training day for aspiring ski guides, put on by Jordy Shepard and BCA. We skied up to tree line, and spent the day in low alpine terrain. We were careful to use terrain that posed minimal overhead hazards (some cornices in the area) and were mindful of the size and angle of the terrain we were using. We used some small rocky areas to practice technical rope systems. The ski out to valley bottom was good, with lots of light new snow to enjoy in the forest. Check the weather and avalanche tabs for additional info. A big thanks to Jordy and BCA!

Weather

-8 in valley bottom in the morning with light NW winds. -5 with light to moderate(gusting moderate) NW winds at tree line at 2pm. Some light wind transport with the gusting winds. Evidence of more wind transport from the night before. Overcast all day.

Avalanche

Had a couple of small (sz1) skier/climber triggered slabs in small N/Nw facing terrain features, just above tree line. These storm/wind slabs were soft (Fist hardness) and about 25cm thick. These occurred in steep cross loaded open terrain.

Source: Avalanche Canada MIN