Complex snowpack and decent turns on Paddy


jamesminifie , Sunday 14th March, 2021 6:35PM

AST2 crew skied a number of the Paddy East avalanche paths today and variability was the word of the day. We found everything from bomber, can't buy an avalanche snowpack in some places to spookiness in others. In a steep upper tree line path, we found a slab sitting on a thick layer of facets that produced sheers in test profiles (ECTP12 down 50cm). In another path we created a large whumpf and slope scale shooting cracks. Further investigation found this failure had occurred on large preserved surface hoar crystals that formed a number of weeks back. This failure would have certainly created an avalanche in steeper terrain. Skiing was surprisingly good after the nuclear norths winds the day before.

Snow conditions were: Powder, Wind affected. Weather conditions were: Cold, Sunny. We rode: Mellow slopes, Steep slopes. Riding quality was good.

Avalache Conditions: 30cm + of new snow, or significant drifitng, or rain in the last 48 hours. Whumpfing or drum-like sounds or shooting cracks.