Zoa Subpeak North

South Coast Inland

noah_orourke , Monday 1st March, 2021 8:27PM

Snow conditions were: Deep powder, Wind affected. Weather conditions were: Stormy, Windy. We rode: Convex slopes, Mellow slopes, Open trees. Riding quality was good.

Avalache Conditions: 30cm + of new snow, or significant drifitng, or rain in the last 48 hours.

Snowpack

We dug a profile in the morning, and didn't have any concerns with the upper snowpack or new snow. As the day continued wind and new snow increased to create more tension and cohesion in the fresh storm snow which allowed us to ski cut a size 1 on a steep convex slope at the end of the day. See photos for more detail.

Avalanche

The wind increased and swirled around throughout the afternoon, cross loading some slopes to the point of exposing old tracks or just adding a light wind skin to other slopes. Picking a less effected slope the first skier noticed fracturing while trying to ski cut the slope, the much much heavier second was able to trigger the slope. As zoa subpeak seems to be gaining popularity it is important to remember where other parties are throughout the area. If you look closely in the photo you can see the debris covers an up track another party was using throughout the day. If we triggered the slope above them or the slope released naturally a good day in the mountains could've changed quickly.