Finally we were Able to get somewhere!
AvCan Vancouver Island , Wednesday 29th March, 2023 4:20PM
After being skunked yesterday, we ventured north on another glorious island spring day. We set our sight on Mt Able, where we knew we would be able to find some good skiing. We were forced to park the truck at the Adam main due patchy snow. Quick sled ride up to the bottom of the ridge, where we strapped on the boots and started walking. Travel was quick and variable. In the deep dark north facing shade we were surprised to find dry snow! This was interspersed with moist snow and crust. Views were epic from the sub peak as we watched people tearing up Mt Cain across the valley for spring break. We observed multiple loose wet avalanches on solar aspects in steep terrain, likely from the last two days. For our descent we oped to ski all aspects that we could. On solar aspects the top 10-15 cm was moist and sliding on the crust. On the North side, dry snow could be found in well shaded areas, but anything that sees sun was crusty. Our line ended in a type two fun light bushwack session. Pleasant skiing all around!
Snow conditions were: Crusty, Powder, Wet. Weather conditions were: Sunny, Warm. We rode: Convex slopes, Open trees, Sunny slopes. We avoided: Steep slopes. Riding quality was good.
Avalache Conditions: Rapid temperature rise to near zero degrees or wet surface snow.