Glacier National Park
Zack Wentz , Thursday 20th February, 2020 7:30AM
Went out to Catamount Peak and skied the East Face of Catamount Peak. We approached via Balu Pass, and did the high sneak. Here’s some details regarding our trip: -Dropping Over Balu Pass: Significant loose dry and loose wet avalanches up to size 2 were reported around 11am on SW aspects. Upper 20cms of snow saw significant sun effect, with slight glopping occurring later in the day (around 1pm). -Catamount High Sneak: The high sneak was in, albeit rocky. About 50cms of faceted snow and wind-affected snow sat atop the rocks on SW aspects. Numerous loose wet and dry up to size 2 was observed on these aspects during daytime warming. Most slopes near rocks had significant loose dry and point release avalanches. -Catamount East Face: Wind-loaded and sun preserved snow on the NE shoulder. The face was a mix of wind loading, sheltered pow, and old wind slab paths. Unbelievable snow on the face and the descent. By mid-afternoon (3pm) a thin sun crust had formed on anything with sun exposure. Overall one of the best days out I’ve had in awhile! Amazing riding conditions. Just be mindful of loose dry/wet near rocks when the sun comes out!
Snow conditions were: Crusty, Deep powder. Weather conditions were: Warm, Sunny. We rode: Alpine slopes, Convex slopes, Steep slopes. We avoided: Sunny slopes. Riding quality was amazing.
Avalache Conditions: Rapid temperature rise to near zero degrees or wet surface snow.
Did a few hand shears in wind-loaded slopes in the alpine on NE aspects. Saw stubborn hand shears down 50cms below the wind affected snow.
Source: Avalanche Canada MIN