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Shovel Nose Creek/Upper Squamish Valley Sea to Sky

Dave Sarkany , Sunday 31st October, 2021 9:00AM

This morning Matt Gun, Dan Hudson, Simon Gravel and I drove to 1300m asl on the Shovelnose Creek Rd. We carried skis for about 5min and then skied up into the Alpine.
Our route left the clear cut just south of where the teepee material is stashed. Snow there in the trees was thin (30cm deep) and tricky to skin. At the bottom of tree line there was at least 1m of depth. At 1650m it was 1.5m.

Conditions where totally clear blue sky, unlimited visibility, -5c and heated up to about 1c, NE wind 20-40km. Wind was blowing snow about 50m out and above the higher ridges. On most N aspects there was 15-20 cm ski pen and better than good skiing. S aspects had a 1-2 cm sun crust.
There was only 1 old slab avalanche visible. 20cm deep and 15m wide. On steep rocky SW aspects. Lots of pin wheeling and pint releases to Sz 1.5
Generally the Hazard was Moderate and didn't increase with mid day heat.

We did a semi circle tour on a ridge system that goes from near Mt Fee south towards Cypress Mt. and went over a few small peaks. Skied a few really good quality pitches on NW aspects.
We dug one study pit to ground at 1850m on a 25degree NW aspect.
Snow depth was 160cm. There was a easy compression test (2) 20cm below the surface with 4F snow above. 25cm below this was a moderate compression test (12) RP with 1F snow above. 35cm below this was a hard compression test (22) RP with P snow above. This result fractured on a 15cm K hard rain crust (20211006?). Below the crust was a mix of moist and drying grains right to ground.
We also did one extended column in this pit with no results.
Its a wet warm reasonably solid pack.

The return ski was done N of our up track and it offered slightly more snow. We kept our skis on almost to the logging road.

A fantastic day out for October 30! We all now have sun effected faces

Source: Mountain Conditions