Needle Ridge/Flatiron Bowl

South Coast Inland

LuJo , Monday 1st March, 2021 8:27PM

Good powder at and below treeline. Strongly wind-affected snow on the exposed ridge. Shooting cracks about 50cm long while skinning back up Flatiron Bowl.

Snow conditions were: Powder, Wind affected. Weather conditions were: Windy. We rode: Alpine slopes, Mellow slopes, Open trees. We avoided: Convex slopes, Steep slopes. Riding quality was good.

Avalache Conditions: Whumpfing or drum-like sounds or shooting cracks.

Weather

Winds on the north-south ridge leading towards Flatiron Bowl were so strong that skinning was very difficult. In one spot along the skintrack, on our way back, we noticed a chunk, about once cubic meter in size, had broken off a small cornice, likely pushed over by the winds. It had fallen onto a gentle slope and had not triggered an avalanche.