Paul Ridge/Round Mountain

Sea to Sky

mcramb , Wednesday 24th November, 2021 8:00AM

We skinned up to the col just E of Round Mountain. Temps were about 0degC at the parking lot & at Red Heather Hut. We were in the clouds up to about 1150m/1200m. Got attacked by a couple Whiskey Jacks while trying to eat a sandwich. (don't think they managed to snag my food, but they were pretty vicious!)

Snow conditions were: Heavy, Powder. Weather conditions were: Cloudy, Foggy, Sunny, Warm. We rode: Mellow slopes, Open trees. We avoided: Steep slopes. Riding quality was ok.

Avalache Conditions: Slab avalanches today or yesterday. Whumpfing or drum-like sounds or shooting cracks.

Snowpack

Surface snow: moist precipitation particles at 1500m and lower; Surface Hoar 2-3mm observed on sheltered, polar aspects above 1500m; 15cm of HN24; Nov17 Melt-Freeze Crust observed down 25-30cm; Height of Snow (HS) = 45cm at 1275; HS = 65cm at 1400m (near Red Heather Hut); HS=120 at 1550m

Avalanche

Just below Round Mountain we saw some avalanche activity from the recent storm: Several Natural Size 1 NW aspect near ridgetop at about 1600m. Likely windloaded in the recent storm. Could see the crown line on many of them. Start zone was greater than 35deg. As we skinned around below/past them, we saw some shooting cracks! We stuck to skiing concave slopes.