Narao West Aspect
Banff Yoho & Kootenay National Park
true.masur , Tuesday 12th January, 2021 8:10PM
Rode Narao peak today going up the fire road headed up at the 2km mark. Many tracks already there We got to 2390 which required boot packing for approx 150 vertical meters because of wind rock exposure Completed a extended column at 2150 west aspect convex 31 degree slope 110 cm snow depth at test site Failure at 22 strikes at 85cm Q3 sheer Expected earlier failure but column remained strong after strikes and was stable with prying Rode the 31 degree slope post test riding one at a time while spotting. Skied well. Lower section has seen traffic. No previous activity seen Hard facet at 85cm noted approx 1 inch thick Dug one other small pit around 2250 in wind crust snow top 30cm moved with relative ease
Snow conditions were: Crusty, Wind affected. Weather conditions were: Windy, Cloudy. We rode: Convex slopes, Steep slopes, Open trees. We avoided: Alpine slopes. Riding quality was ok.
Source: Avalanche Canada MIN