Paul Ridge observations

Sea to Sky

Laura Barreca , Sunday 27th December, 2020 7:30PM

Snow conditions were: Heavy, Powder. Weather conditions were: Warm, Foggy, Cloudy. We rode: Mellow slopes. We avoided: Steep slopes. Riding quality was good.

Avalache Conditions: Slab avalanches today or yesterday.

Avalanche

While skinning below Paul Ridge around 11am today, we noticed 2 crowns on the north side of Round Mountain, with the biggest crown being on the main (heavily skied) face of Round. We didn't see the avalanches occur, but it looked like both had occurred earlier today and were on a steep face with lots of ski tracks, suggesting skier triggered. We weren't close enough to gauge the depth of the crown, but we could see it well from a few hundred meters away. Later in the day we noticed another crown in one of the gullies below Paul Ridge, as well as some debris that had flowed further down into the gully (also on a steep face, we did not measure the angle though). We skied mostly mellow slopes, but a couple of times we skied over small convexities (of approx 35 degrees), and we did not trigger anything on these slopes. We also noticed that the top 10cm or so of the snowpack was a bit heavier than the snow beneath.

Source: Avalanche Canada MIN