Jumbo

Purcells

Alex Grierson , Monday 16th November, 2020 5:30AM

Sunday was a classic stormy day out at Jumbo. We parked at Earl Grey and sledded the remaining 10km or so and then skinned up the summer trail. At treeline there was 60cm on top of the November 5 crust and HS of 130cm. Some quick hand shears gave results, sliding on facets on the November crust. We also jumped on a small test slope/pillow which produced cracking/propagation across the slope. We decided to keep it conservative and skied mellow glades and pillows. I ski cut a small convexity and remote triggered a slab down 60cm from 2-3m away which further reinforced our decisions to play it safe. The skiing was amazing with 60cm of blower pow. Just a shame we couldn't fully enjoy it on some steeper slopes! The ski back to the sled was surprisingly good for this time of year. Definitely need to be on the lookout for logs etc but I made it down with only mildly scratched bases. Overall a great day out with some amazing early season pow turns. It was good to get some info on the snowpack. Stay safe out there!

Snow conditions were: Deep powder. Weather conditions were: Stormy, Windy. We rode: Mellow slopes, Dense trees, Open trees. We avoided: Alpine slopes, Steep slopes, Convex slopes. Riding quality was amazing.

Avalache Conditions: 30cm + of new snow, or significant drifitng, or rain in the last 48 hours.

Source: Avalanche Canada MIN