Exploring somewhere new
Steve 'Reidles' Reid , Monday 11th January, 2021 7:20PM
A great day skiing terrain that hasn't looked appealing for a few years. Weather was a mix of high overcast and scattered cloud, temperatures warm and consistent, winds calm, zero precip. We chose to explore an east facing path, and were rewarded with good skiing (snow consistent quality, though heavier than yesterday) from the alpine to the road. No signs of instability or significant wind transport. There is a crust buried 20cm-1m in the area skied, not really detectable when skiing/skinning, but could easily be pushed through with a pole. We did not investigate the bond to this crust. Isolated hand shears revealed a very soft slab (4F-) in some places, with a depth of approximately 20cm. White Pass continues to deliver an unseasonably deep snowpack, quality skiing, good visibility, and mild temperatures. 2021 is shaping up to be a weird year ;-)
Snow conditions were: Powder. Weather conditions were: Warm. We rode: Mellow slopes. Riding quality was good.
Source: Avalanche Canada MIN