Shortest Day Longest Kick Turns

North Rockies

northrockiesfieldteam , Tuesday 21st December, 2021 5:20PM

Couldnt ask for better ski conditions than we found today up the Cushing valley. Blower knee deep powder had us working hard on the uptrack but grinning ear to ear on the way down. While the wind was likely forming new slabs in the upper tree line and the alpine, there was no sign of slabs up to 1800m where we toured to. In the poor visibility we could just make out a couple of smaller slabs maybe 10cm deep that had pulled out at around 1900m out of a steep and rocky feature. It snowed all day at a rate of about 1cm per hour and was still snowing as we left. While we felt comfortable skiing steep open slopes today, we suspect if the snow keeps up all night it will be a different story with a potentially reactive storm slab problem tomorrow.

Snow conditions were: Deep powder. Weather conditions were: Stormy. We rode: Open trees, Steep slopes. We avoided: Alpine slopes. Riding quality was amazing.