Balu Bird

Glacier National Park

jesse_riddell , Friday 17th December, 2021 10:40PM

Skied 8812 bowl from bruins ridge. Heavy wind transport on the leeward side of bruins ridge and wind loading on the leeward faces of Balu/8812 peak which we avoided. Tested slopes on the way up by jumping multiple times with no results. Snow in 8812 was soft and supportive and made for good riding but felt a little dense, has consolidated/been wind affected since last snowfall. Some size 1 dry loose slides had run from the peak into 8812.

Snow conditions were: Crusty, Powder, Wind affected. Weather conditions were: Cold, Sunny. We rode: Alpine slopes, Mellow slopes, Open trees, Steep slopes. We avoided: Convex slopes. Riding quality was amazing.

Avalanche

Dry loose from top of 8812/Balu peak into 8812 bowl