Forum Ridge burn

Waterton Lakes National Park

crashtestwilliams , Friday 20th November, 2020 8:40PM

Dust on crust! The 5-10cm of new wind blown snow is not bonding well to the refreeze crust. Even in the trees, mellow turns sloughed all snow down to the crust. The snow was better in sheltered areas. Riding steep open terrain above the lake is asking for disaster until things change.

Snow conditions were: Crusty, Wind affected, Powder. Weather conditions were: Stormy, Windy, Cloudy. We rode: Mellow slopes, Dense trees, Open trees. We avoided: Alpine slopes, Steep slopes, Convex slopes. Riding quality was ok.

Snowpack

I think we’ll be watching the crust from Tuesday/Wednesday’s warm spell for the rest of the season. I hope I’m wrong.

Source: Avalanche Canada MIN