Arctos Guides

South Columbia

arctosguides , Sunday 14th November, 2021 8:00AM

HS ranged from 10cm at 1250m to 80cm at 2450m. 5mm MFcr sat on top of 10-50cm of progressively resistant snow above the early Nov 2-3cm knife MFcr. There were facets above and below the crust. The FC above the MFcr produced moderate non planar breaks in compression tests. The snowpack was well consolidated and carried skier traffic well even in shallow areas. Wide spread wind affect in the alpine, hard slabs with a MFcr vaneer provided consistent turns. A couple of soft turns were found in sheltered areas. Below 1900m, survival ski techniques were employed to avoid injury. It’s nice to be back on skis, but it’s a slow start to the season in the Valhallas. Hopefully this week’s precipitation will bring more wintery conditions.

Snow conditions were: Crusty, Hard, Wind affected. Weather conditions were: Cloudy, Warm. We rode: Alpine slopes, Mellow slopes, Open trees. Riding quality was terrible.

Snowpack

10cm of snow at 1300m and only 30cm HS at 1750m. In open areas at 1900m HS was 60cm. In the alpine depths varied with loading 30-100cm. The snowpack was well consolidated, with a breakable melt freeze crust to ridge top. The early Nov MFcr (2cm, knife) was down 30-50cm at tree line and above, with facets above and below. Compression test results were moderate non planar breaks. In the alpine, wide spread wind effect was observed, hard slabs veneered with a MFcr provided consistent supportive skiing. Ski quality ranged from marginal to desperate. Below 1900m, downhill track setting techniques were employed to avoid injury.