Sea to Sky
vincent.c.t.hanlon , Monday 28th December, 2020 8:40PM
Spent 5 days at Telemagique in the Callaghan, ending today. Very deep snow and difficult trailbreaking. Couldn't ski anything mellow. Lots of wind-affected snow on the ridgetops, but not below. The only avalanche activity we saw was size 1s from before the 24th. We did a column test on the 25th and nothing went, but the rain crust at ~140 cm was visible. No shooting cracks during trailbreaking. A whole bunch of new snow fell (>40 cm ) and blew around. On the morning of the 26th we may have heard whumphing from the tents during heavy snowfall, but it wasn't clear.
Snow conditions were: Deep powder. Weather conditions were: Sunny. We rode: Mellow slopes, Dense trees, Steep slopes, Open trees. We avoided: Alpine slopes, Sunny slopes. Riding quality was good.
Avalache Conditions: 30cm + of new snow, or significant drifitng, or rain in the last 48 hours.
On Christmas day we dug a 170 cm pit in sheltered trees above Telemagique Lake and did a column test. Nothing went. We saw the rain crust ~ 140 cm down and an indistinct slab from the most recent storm snow.
Saw multiple tiny (but thick) natural avalanches from a week ago (maybe the 21st?). No avalanche activity since then.
Source: Avalanche Canada MIN