More snow, and less crust today!

Lizard Range and Flathead

southrockies , Monday 21st March, 2022 3:55PM

We were pleasantly surprised today to find soft snow and good powder turns. WE toured up a west-facing slope where we were finding 5 - 10cm of graupel mixed soft snow over a temperature crust below 1600m, above this it was a firm density change. Once up at the ridge we dropped into a northeast aspect to check for wind slab and were happy to find 10 - 15 cm of soft snow and no crust. We decided to ski the slope and were careful to avoid the cornices along the ridge as we accessed the slope. After our run, we climbed back up to the ridge, as we changed aspect to a more south-facing slope we found a melt-freeze crust that made us happy about our run choice! We had another good run down the west-facing slope that was good skiing right back to our sleds at 1550m where the surface snow was just getting warm.

Snow conditions were: Powder. Weather conditions were: Cloudy, Warm. We rode: Open trees, Steep slopes. Riding quality was amazing.