Blacksmith Ridge Trees

Kananaskis

cameron.redshaw , Monday 4th March, 2024 10:51PM

Went to Blacksmith to have a look at the snowpack. Final ascent on the top (2180m) saw us trigger 2-3 remote releases from size 0.5-1 from about 15m away, crown appeared 40-50cm, but they didn’t run far (approx 10m before getting stopped by trees). We dug a pit easily found the storm slab (50cm thick) poorly bonded to basically 80cm of facets in various densities and states of decay. Compression test saw the storm slab slide readily on the twelfth strike. Give that, we opted to ski the trees further skiers right, which are ever so slightly mellower than the drainage. Lovely turns down with no signs of snowpack movement as we skied. Sun was out most of the day and it warmed to -8.

Source: Avalanche Canada MIN