Plewman/Cutblock

Kootenay Boundary

Backcountry Learning , Friday 24th December, 2021 2:10PM

Skied a relatively steep line (maybe 37/38 degrees) going north off the saddle between Cutblock peak and Plewman proper. Top 10cm very reactive to ski cuts but ran sluggishly and did not propagate far. Storm snow seemed generally right side up. Cut two good sized cornice blocks onto the slopes (larger than human trigger) which did not trigger any deeper layers and then skied north to valley bottom. New storm snow was light and deep! It’s a Christmas miracle.

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

Weather

Over the 4 hours we were out, snowfall rates varied from 1cm an hour to 4cm an hour. Averaged around 3cm/h. Light winds not transporting much snow.