An east/west survey of White Pass


Yukon Field Team , Thursday 31st March, 2022 1:30PM

We took advantage of some unexpectedly good visibility and traveled in valleys on both the east and west sides of White Pass. In most places, there is a crust on all aspects up to 1200m due to warm temperatures and sun this week. Wind the strong to moderate southwest winds that started Wednesday morning, we expected to see signs of a natural wind slab cycle and though we saw a lot of alpine terrain, we saw no new avalanches. That being said, intense wind transport into high alpine north facing features was actively occurring, and our plan was to avoid these areas. Riding was still pretty good in sheltered alpine terrain but the extensive crusts below 1200m made it challenging to get to the goods.

Snow conditions were: Crusty, Powder, Wind affected. Weather conditions were: Cloudy, Foggy, Stormy, Sunny, Warm, Windy. We rode: Alpine slopes. Riding quality was good.

Avalache Conditions: 30cm + of new snow, or significant drifitng, or rain in the last 48 hours.