Cheam dust on crust

South Coast Inland

sixstringdefehr , Saturday 16th April, 2022 9:35PM

Drove about 8km from chilliwack lake road. About 2.5 hrs skinning to the actual trailhead. Warmed up fast below the col, clouds came in by mid day and kept the sun from baking the main face of Cheam. Skinning up the broad face was not particularly enjoyable. A few cms at best on a very hard crust. We decided to stop a little shy of the summit as it was going to get worse before it started to get better when it mellows out. The southwest chute out of the basin between cheam and Lady was pretty decent skiing, minus the odd solid chunk of loose avalanche debris that was at least a few days old. On our way out of the logging road, a pretty good squall came in and likely dropped a good few cms higher up.

We rode: Steep slopes. Riding quality was ok.

Avalache Conditions: Rapid temperature rise to near zero degrees or wet surface snow.