Hiding from the sun

North Rockies

dave.mustang , Thursday 4th March, 2021 5:15PM

The powder in the Calzon cutblocks was unreal in the morning today, some of the best riding of the year. It warmed up on schedule by the afternoon and even shaded snow started to get wet and heavy. No wind all day, perfect bluebird conditions. Didn’t see any signs of wind slab releases anywhere on any aspect at any elevation despite being able to see a lot of terrain, but we did see several wet avalanches on SW sunny slopes. Snow below treeline was soft even where it was wind affected; no instability or failures even on steep slopes or small drifts and cornices. There were numerous wet loose and slab avalanches triggered by snow balls off trees, from small slides on the side of the trail to fairly large slabs. We didn’t see the Feb 1 Surface Hoar layer, but also weren’t looking for it either.

Snow conditions were: Deep powder, Powder, Wet. Weather conditions were: Sunny, Warm. We rode: Dense trees, Mellow slopes. We avoided: Alpine slopes, Sunny slopes. Riding quality was amazing.

Avalache Conditions: Slab avalanches today or yesterday. Rapid temperature rise to near zero degrees or wet surface snow.