Ursus Minor - South Ridge

Glacier National Park

Zack Wentz , Sunday 16th February, 2020 7:05PM

Toured up to the saddle on Ursus Minor’s South Ridge and did a lap on the ridge, then skied the skier’s leftmost Hospital Chute. Wind was L-M consistently at treeline and above, with strong gusts above treeline. Wind affect was evident on the ridge, with slight scouring.

Snow conditions were: Deep powder, Wind affected, Powder. Weather conditions were: Cold, Stormy, Windy, Cloudy, Sunny. We rode: Alpine slopes, Mellow slopes, Sunny slopes, Open trees. We avoided: Steep slopes, Convex slopes. Riding quality was good.

Avalache Conditions: 30cm + of new snow, or significant drifitng, or rain in the last 48 hours.

Snowpack

Hand shears in wind-loaded areas in the alpine showed two distinct interfaces. 4F- down to 20cms, then 1F- down to 50cms. Hand shears were stubborn. Did a few small test slope tests, jumping on cornices on small, low consequence slopes. Cornices themselves were touchy, but very little wind slab was observed as a result of cornice failure.

Source: Avalanche Canada MIN