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South Rockies

southrockies , Friday 20th March, 2020 4:10PM

We went to York Creek Mt Couthard area today. The trail grooming there was on point! Thanks, CrowSnow Riders! A good overnight refreeze did not take long to soften up solar aspects. As we toured up the south-facing slope was still a bit crusty, but was already starting to soften. As we approached the ridge there were some light west winds and the recent 5cm of new snow had developed into very small isolated pockets of wind slabs. We observed one machine triggered size one on a small east-facing rollover, no other avalanches were observed. The walk was nice and warm, the skiing was not great - crusty at the upper elevations and mashed potatoes at the bottom.

Snow conditions were: Crusty, Heavy, Hard. Weather conditions were: Warm, Sunny. We rode: Alpine slopes. We avoided: Convex slopes. Riding quality was ok.

Source: Avalanche Canada MIN