Ptarmigan Flurries 🕊🕊🕊

Cariboos

northrockiesfieldteam , Thursday 18th February, 2021 4:20PM

A stormy day in the Cariboos! We chose to go up the West Dore and ski in a north east facing area to be sheltered from the strong southwesterly winds today. We could see evidence of a size 1.5 windslab that had released from underneath a cornice high up on a north facing ridgeline. The skiing wasnt that great when you got out in the open as recent winds had stiffened up the snow into a slab. We did a few snowpack tests around 1600m on the lower end of the treeline but found no weak layers in the top 90cm. Touring up we had no shooting cracks or whumpfs and felt confident skiing steeper lines far below ridgelines where we suspected new winslabs were forming. We saw lots of ptarmigan in the area which made for a highlight as well!

Snow conditions were: Wind affected. Weather conditions were: Stormy, Windy. We rode: Alpine slopes. Riding quality was ok.

Avalache Conditions: Slab avalanches today or yesterday.

Source: Avalanche Canada MIN