Mt Fernie Backside
Lizard Range and Flathead
faelanprentice , Wednesday 10th April, 2019 3:20PM
Headed up to the Mt. Fernie ridgeline via the Alpine Trails access road in mixed weather (rain, snow, clouds). Hand shears on the skin track at upper elevations (1800-2000 m) found soft, consistent snow (10-20 cm) sitting on a dense crust. Rode mellow N and NE aspect slopes from ridgeline before any warming occurred; no signs of instability and good turns to be found. Below treeline (approx. 1600 m; later in the day), small LW avalanches (size 1) could be triggered on small, steep, microterrain features. Snow was very wet and heavy by 1400 m in the valley.
Snow conditions were: Heavy, Wet. Weather conditions were: Wet, Stormy, Windy, Foggy, Cloudy. We rode: Alpine slopes, Dense trees, Open trees. We avoided: Steep slopes, Sunny slopes. Riding quality was ok.
Avalache Conditions: Rapid temperature rise to near zero degrees or wet surface snow.
Source: Avalanche Canada MIN