Chester obscure

Nigel Briggs

Skied some obscure sliver of a couloir left of chester N couloir but right of the wider couloir with large boulders at the base. Some small cracking skinning up to the base of the line. Once boot packing and in the tight technical line there was a mixed bag of thin and thick wind slabs and plenty of snow ridges from drifts loading inside the line. On descent I did a few ski cuts over the snow ribs or ridges to break them off while they cracked off a few meters of slab at a time but seemed a bit stubborn to actually slide.

Snow conditions were: Crusty, Powder, Wind affected. Weather conditions were: Stormy, Windy. We rode: Alpine slopes, Steep slopes. We avoided: Sunny slopes. Riding quality was ok.

Avalache Conditions: Whumpfing or drum-like sounds or shooting cracks.


Windy and snowing steady in the alpine.