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South Coast Inland

Cole DeFehr , Saturday 1st May, 2021 9:20PM

Made it as High as about 1600-1700meters and didn't go further as in an out foggy conditions made it difficult to assess the terrain above us, and with a newer member in the group we played it safe. Surface snow is soft, 15-20 cms soft seem to be sitting on top of a 5cm weak layer, very easy fist thickness. Should a slab go, it seemed that would be the layer of concern. Below that, solid snow finger or pencil thickness But the upper snow does not really have any slab properties at this point. Shovel shear did not planar break, nor did the compression test. Broke on the weak layer expected (CTH) but doesn't appear to have any slab properties. Steeper slopes sluffed easily but didn't gain much mass and slid short distances. Lots of recent wet loose slides, glide avalanches.

Weather conditions were: Cloudy, Foggy, Warm. We avoided: Alpine slopes, Convex slopes. Riding quality was good.

Avalache Conditions: Rapid temperature rise to near zero degrees or wet surface snow.

Weather

Mostly partially broken clouds, a couple rounds of graupel passed through. Sun came out once in a while, but only for a couple mins at a time.