Lots of snow in Kananaskis

bpear896

Amazing ski day today in Kananaskis. We stayed below 2100 meters and found incredible conditions in sheltered areas. Wind loading was obvious at ridge top so we avoided dropping in off that. Dry loose / Sluff was the main concern. If we kept the same line for too long the sluff started accumulating to a level that could certainly take a person for a ride. Nice and a spicey! We didn't observe any slab activity, even when the sluff was adding significant load.

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

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

Weather

Wind was only noticeable at ridge top. Loading created some small cornices on the N side of Gypsum.