Birchy Post Rain

andrewking8

New snow settling in on top of the crust left from rain event Jan 6-7. Pockets of deep snow amid some very wind affected, crusty snow. Fighting for turns in the crust about 70% of the time (30% awesome powder). New snow slab seems as though it could be rather unstable. Did not dig a pit but observed whoomphing and shooting cracks underfoot constantly in open areas. All snow in tight and open trees was stable. Stumps and debris are still lurking. Ski with care!

Snow conditions were: Crusty, Deep powder, Heavy, Wind affected. Weather conditions were: Cold, Stormy. We rode: Dense trees, Mellow slopes, Open trees. We avoided: Alpine slopes. Riding quality was ok.

Avalache Conditions: 30cm + of new snow, or significant drifitng, or rain in the last 48 hours. Whumpfing or drum-like sounds or shooting cracks.

Weather

Powder loading in some areas.