Shovelnose by Dawn

Sea to Sky

gabrielrobinsonleith , Sunday 31st October, 2021 9:00AM

We went out for a sunrise ride to shovelnose and found great snow in the alpine. We observed good signs of stability all day except for evidence of a minor point release on a steep slope most likely from this week's storm. Snow through the trees in the lower elevation was difficult to manage with only about 10cm of coverage.

Snow conditions were: Powder. Weather conditions were: Cold, Sunny. We rode: Alpine slopes, Dense trees, Mellow slopes, Open trees, Sunny slopes. We avoided: Steep slopes. Riding quality was amazing.

Snowpack

10cm of new snow lie on top of a consistent 90cm column of fairly well bonded snow. We observed large crystals in the bottom 20cm to the ground. Another sugary layer of snow exists 90cm down from the surface. We performed two ECTs and observed fractures 35cm down but no propagation across the block. On sun affected slopes we observed a 3cm wet crust on the surface.