Black Prince Area

tylerhallman

We had great skiing. We toured up South aspects, and skied North and East aspects. Visibility was poor in the alpine. Snow quality was excellent, with the best snow being sheltered areas at treeline. We observed numerous size 1, loose dry avalanches from extreme terrain. We did not observe any whoomphing, cracking, or wind slabs, and broke trail most of the day. The weather was overcast, but winds were light, and daytime temperature were mild, much better than recent cold snap. The exits from the various drainages are still pretty sporty with lots of fallen timber and snags, but in general travel conditions were very good. A supportive, right side up snowpack, without super deep trail breaking.

Snow conditions were: Powder. Weather conditions were: Cloudy. We rode: Alpine slopes, Mellow slopes, Open trees, Steep slopes. Riding quality was good.

Snowpack

We toured in a relatively sheltered area between 1800m to 2500m. The snow was great at all elevation bands. We did not observe an wind effect, wind slabs, cracking or whoomphing on any aspects, including on N and S aspects of a col in the alpine. Hand shears were resistant and the snow above the recent rain/snow event appeared to be bonding well.

Weather

Great weather. Overcast all day, but much warmer than expected. Temperature was -7 in the late afternoon. Winds were light from the SW, and we did not observe any snow transport from wind. The snow started about 12pm, and continued throughout the afternoon. Tomorrow will be a good day.

Avalanche

We visually witnessed and heard numerous size 1 avalanches. The avalanches were all lose dry and in extreme (non-skiable) terrain, and appeared to be sloughs, not slabs. We did not observe the loose dry sloughs to trigger any slabs at the base of the cliffs.