Harold Price Powder Perfection
ghelgeson , Wednesday 3rd March, 2021 6:05PM
Fat wind loaded features remain our primary concern and after poking around the region for three days we finally found some weak snow in the form of surface hoar. That being said, this is the first place we found it (north facing treeline feature at 1500 m). In this location it’s 40 to 70 cm below the surface. It produced sudden results in our test profiles, but was un-reactive to sled traffic, even in steep rollovers. We put some aggressive tracks into the terrain and couldn’t get it to produce any avalanches. This surface hoar probably only exists in specific features around treeline. Last weekends storm saturated the upper snowpack to at least 1200 m, and the surface hoar was likely destroyed by wind above 1500 m. So, keep this little crystal in the back of your mind, especially if you’re getting into aggressive terrain at treeline. We found 20 + cm of new snow on top of the old wind effected snow today and the riding was phenomenal. Ageing mega cornices can be found in the alpine too.
Snow conditions were: Powder. We rode: Alpine slopes, Open trees. We avoided: Steep slopes. Riding quality was good.