Upper Crowfoot

Banff Yoho & Kootenay National Park

sprockter , Friday 8th January, 2021 6:55PM

See snowpack, avalanche and weather obs for more details.

Snow conditions were: Powder. Weather conditions were: Cold. We rode: Alpine slopes. Riding quality was good.

Snowpack

Snow profile dug at TL at top of Crowfoot Glades. Large boulders and some wind affect in area. About 30cms of low density snow sit atop faceting rounds, 1mm. PWL down 53 (no SH present. Perhaps some small stellars mixed with other faceting rounds) produced hard, RP results in both CTs. ECTN26 on this layer. 201213 SH layer down 84cm, sz. 2-3mm. Rounding crystals observed below SH layer. Nov. MFcr found near bottom of snowpack.

Weather

Inversion with -25C down at the lake. -8C in the ALP. Winds were generally light from SE all day; however, moderate blowing snow was observed high up on Crowfoot Mtn 1km to the S throughout the day.

Avalanche

Nc sz2 off Crowfoot Mtn summit ridge. Did not trigger slab below. Na (S) sz 1.5, >48hrs ago, triggered at base of Crowfoot Mtn. Entrained snow down 1/4 fan. No other signs of recent avalanche activity in the area.

Source: Avalanche Canada MIN