Mount Field, active cornices

Little Yoho

kevin_r962 , Tuesday 5th January, 2021 7:15PM

Good skiing on Mount Field today. We avoided the summit headwall, but ventured towards the lower ridge between Mt.Field and Mt.Wapta. Some evidence of old debris noted from Field Headwall. Some buried wind slab observed right below ridge crest, which had us turning around before committing to steeper terrain. Cornices have been failing along the Field/Wapta ridge in the past 24hrs

Snow conditions were: Deep powder. Weather conditions were: Cloudy, Sunny. We rode: Alpine slopes, Mellow slopes, Steep slopes. We avoided: Alpine slopes, Steep slopes, Convex slopes. Riding quality was good.

Avalache Conditions: Slab avalanches today or yesterday.


A few loose dry sz.1 natural avalanches from the last 24hrs from steep alpine terrain. 1 cornice failure within last 24hr pulling small sz.2 windslab over steep cliffy terrain. 2 additional cornice failures were observed in quick succession in the afternoon from the steep W face of Wapta Mountain. No slabs pulled

Source: Avalanche Canada MIN