Trench Warfare

North Rockies

northrockiesfieldteam , Thursday 23rd December, 2021 5:10PM

40cm of new snow over the last two days made for some DEEP skiing in the Rockies east of McBride today. We made trenches breaking trail uphill which was a slog, but we were rewarded with some faceshots on the way down. The new snow has definitely not had time to bond yet, and we experienced some shooting cracks and were able to trigger small slabs on steep rolls. We will be keeping our line choices to slopes less than 30 degrees in steepness for at least the next day or two until the snow has a chance to bond.

Snow conditions were: Deep powder. Weather conditions were: Cloudy, Cold. We avoided: Convex slopes, Steep slopes. Riding quality was good.

Avalache Conditions: Slab avalanches today or yesterday. 30cm + of new snow, or significant drifitng, or rain in the last 48 hours. Whumpfing or drum-like sounds or shooting cracks.