northrockiesfieldteam , Saturday 2nd April, 2022 7:35PM
We rode in the North Rockies out of McBride today. There is now 20cm of fresh sitting over the late March crust. Even so, the riding is still best above 1900m (ALP/upper TL) where the crust tapers off and it’s all blower. Light, southerly winds had not affected the snow much but we were still wary of slopes immediately below ridge lines and of traveling below cornices. The scattered clouds cast flat light in the alpine making the riding tricky at times, but there was still enough sun to warm the surface in the afternoon. This made the snow feel much heavier but did not affect it enough to become a problem. We saw no recent slabs but plenty of loose dry avalanches in steep, rocky terrain. We had a great day of alpine riding and exploring the zone.
Snow conditions were: Powder. Weather conditions were: Cloudy, Sunny. We rode: Alpine slopes, Open trees. We avoided: Convex slopes, Steep slopes. Riding quality was amazing.