Spooky snow on Seymour

Kenneth Martens

With the slew of MIN reports from Seymour and Cypress yesterday coupled with the fact that the South Coast danger ratings got bumped to HIGH this morning, we headed out to Brockton to see how conditions looked and mentally prepared to turn around. The sun popped out around 8:30am and nothing seemed very reactive before Brockton including a few convexities that we jumped on. The snow appeared very wet as though the he new storm snow got rained on. We continued past Brockton taking the trail heading for the south face of Pump Peak. Lots of signs of easterly winds in this area (see pictures). In a wind loaded slope facing SE at 1290m we dug a pit and found snow depth about 410cm. The air temp was 1-2C and the snow was -1C. Tests produced mixed results: CT5 at 90cm deep, but ECT did not fail until pulling on the back of the column when it also failed at 90cm deep. From our pit looking south, we could see a recent 1.5 slab avalanche on the west side of one of the ridges near Brockton. The slabs were clearly visible with no new snow on them so it likely occurred early this morning after the snow stopped.

Snow conditions were: Wet, Wind affected, Powder. Weather conditions were: Warm, Foggy, Sunny. We rode: Mellow slopes. We avoided: Alpine slopes, Convex slopes, Open trees.

Avalache Conditions: Rapid temperature rise to near zero degrees or wet surface snow. 30cm + of new snow, or significant drifitng, or rain in the last 48 hours. Slab avalanches today or yesterday.

Source: Avalanche Canada MIN