Opal to Surprise

Jasper National Park

Brooklyn Rushton , Monday 4th April, 2022 6:15AM

Beautiful day out on the Opal to Surprise traverse. -1.5 degrees at trailhead with BKN-OVC skies throughout the day. Moderate SW winds at ridge top leading to light blowing snow transported onto lee aspects. Sz 1 wind slab accidentally skier triggered on a N aspect (see photo).

Snow conditions were: Crusty, Powder, Wind affected. We rode: Alpine slopes, Convex slopes, Mellow slopes, Open trees. Riding quality was ok.


Moderate SW winds at ridge top.


Skier triggered sz 1 avalanche on wind loaded N aspect. Avalanche ran 5m before stopping on a supportive slope. Several DL sz 1 avalanches observed in steep terrain.