Manning Frosty 20210410
Blower pow on certain aspects above 1800m. Wind affected and slabby. Had to chose the line very carefully. 1700m and below had chunky ice which made travel BTL borderline dangerous. Creeks are opening up and travel will become very difficult in appx 1 week.
Snow conditions were: Crusty, Deep powder, Wind affected. Weather conditions were: Cold, Windy. We rode: Alpine slopes, Steep slopes. Riding quality was good.
Avalache Conditions: 30cm + of new snow, or significant drifitng, or rain in the last 48 hours.
Intense ridge top winds. TL and below provided shelter. PP showed riming. Grains on the ground on windward and ridge top were very decomposed... where the slopes weren’t scoured clean. Near 0 foot and ski pen above 2000m.
Ski cut line before committing to ride the line produced results. Earlier manual cornice work on belay with a shovel produced no results, but the ski cut did. We think it had to do with micro scale variations in terrain. Big glide crack in Frosty E1 bowl.