Waterman couloir and Stanley glacier

Banff Yoho Kootenay

bensoneff , Monday 27th May, 2024 7:15AM

Access onto the Stanley glacier was pretty painless. You can skin from around 1800m in the valley and we kept skins on all the way to the base of the waterman couloir. Probed 3m or more on the glacier and were able to find a path through the holes on the compression zone in semi flat light conditions. On the glacier there was 5-10cm of new snow and couldn’t feel any crusts down at least 50cm. Still very wintery feeling up high. In the line we wallowed in 15-25cm of deep snow almost all the way to the top. We turned around 5m from the cornice as there was only 30cm of snow on top the ice. Skiing was great all the way back to the valley.

Source: Avalanche Canada MIN