Tanning on Landale

R Newcombe

Rapid temperature increase caused tree bombing and pinwheeling to 1400m. Below 1400m snow was becoming slushy. Signs of recent rain creating a thin crust above 1400 and a thick crust (not penetrable to the ski) below 1400. Below 900m temps were too warm for the crust and ski penetration 6” was noted. Skiing caused 0.5 wet slabs on sun affected slopes steeper than 35 degrees.

Snow conditions were: Crusty, Hard, Powder, Wet, Wind affected. Weather conditions were: Sunny, Warm. We rode: Dense trees, Mellow slopes, Open trees. Riding quality was ok.

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