New snow, new day

Yukon

Breanne Johnson , Tuesday 12th January, 2021 7:35AM

15cm storm snow in the area since Saturday. Low density with minimal wind effect at and below treeline. It has fallen on top of previous low density snow to make for deep powder turns. In the lower alpine it has been slightly affected by the wind, but was unreactive on the terrain we skied. We did get shooting cracks in the storm snow while skinning up a small feature below treeline that was extremely steep. We skied steep slopes in open trees and planar open slopes. The wind picked up towards late afternoon and localized strong to extreme gusts were redistributing the snow in all directions in the valley. Ridgetop southerly winds also picked up in the afternoon causing rapid snow transport and redistribution at ridgetop.

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

Avalache Conditions: Whumpfing or drum-like sounds or shooting cracks.

Source: Avalanche Canada MIN