Steve 'Reidles' Reid , Thursday 29th April, 2021 6:40PM
Good skiing and tricky travel - we picked our way up an E facing av. path and had to use a combo of crampons and bootpacking; the loose, wet snow is keen to stick to skins, but zero adhesion to the crust beneath. Skiing back down was generally good, with the 5cm of wet snow damping the hard snow beneath. At 1000m (ish) the snow became abruptly sticky and ski quality was poor. By 2pm the light snow of the AM had turned to light rain, which made for good skiing back to the road. Extensive avalanche activity from the rocks is limited to loose wet sz1. Ski cutting yielded significant entrainment, and at one point a small slab of storm snow, which ran far for its diminutive size.
Snow conditions were: Wet. Weather conditions were: Cloudy, Warm, Wet. We rode: Alpine slopes, Mellow slopes, Open trees. Riding quality was good.
Avalache Conditions: Rapid temperature rise to near zero degrees or wet surface snow.