Retallack

South Columbia

staywildbackcountry , Sunday 17th November, 2019 8:30PM

Touring around Retallack the past two days. We dug a pit yesterday at 2200m and found two crusts. One was 47cm down and the second was 71 cm down. Our second compression test was in a shallower area and we got CTM 14 down 40 SP (this was the deeper crust but in a shallower area). The snow was great Sunday morning. Temps started to rise around 2pm. 0 degrees at 2000m at 2:30. Witnessed a natural size 3 across the valley around 2pm. NE aspect, could not see the start zone due to visibility. Of note was a step down in the track (shown in the pictures).

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

Avalache Conditions: Rapid temperature rise to near zero degrees or wet surface snow. 30cm + of new snow, or significant drifitng, or rain in the last 48 hours. Slab avalanches today or yesterday. Whumpfing or drum-like sounds or shooting cracks.

Avalanche

The snow was great in the morning. Temps started to rise around 2pm. 0 degrees at 2000m at 2:30. Witnessed a natural size 3 across the valley around 2pm. NE aspect, could not see the start zone due to visibility. Of note was a step down in the track (shown in the pictures).

Location

50.00718128 -117.13863802

Retallack

Source: Avalanche Canada MIN