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Jasper National Park

Greg Rantala , Sunday 19th December, 2021 6:00PM

Went into this area with an assessment mindset. First was the creek crossing which is IN! Second was getting a baseline feeling of the snow on the lower skintrack and a quick pit at 1685m. 3rd was poking further up and setting a track but also getting some good observations. There was no evidence of, skin track feelings of or other feelings of instabilities. The snow Profile shown is from 1903m (one correction is the CTM 13 is down 34 from the top, not as shown on the profile) wind effect noted at 1920m and above. I dropped in at 1980m after getting some good obs and skiing was great until it mellowed out The crust is present at 1685m down about 36cm. I had results of CTM 13 down 20 (PC) on 0.2mm FC which was the same result as higher up just with a bit more snow on it. Low and behold, this is the depth that was a bit slippery on the skin track. I couldn’t get anything lower down to go at all. As soon as the slope mellowed out the snow was “grippy” halting momentum - maybe cold wax was needed? Other PSA’s: When you see the fork in the skin track just across the river, go right. It’s just gonna be easier. Also, the initial track is in per normal but I meandered left higher up intentionally working to get information on my way to the path before skiing.

Snow conditions were: Powder. Weather conditions were: Cold, Sunny. We rode: Alpine slopes, Mellow slopes. We avoided: Steep slopes. Riding quality was amazing.

Snowpack

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