Adrift at Bijoux

North Rockies

northrockiesfieldteam , Friday 7th January, 2022 6:55PM

Northerly winds from earlier this week had really shifted things around at Bijoux, leaving stiff wind slabs and tall drifts in unusual places. Walls of snow and small cornices were blocking the trail on south and west facing slopes far down into the trees. Meanwhile, the larger meadows and north facing slopes that usually get loaded have been scoured down to a hard surface of old tracks. This highly variable snow made breaking a trail to the alpine very difficult. We didn’t see any new avalanches but cracking and drum like sounds hinted that cold temperatures may be helping this slab linger as a problem.

Snow conditions were: Hard, Heavy, Wind affected. Weather conditions were: Cold. We rode: Mellow slopes, Open trees. Riding quality was ok.

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