Surprisingly low wind pretty well all day during very heavy snow. . 2-3 cm an hour from 9 am to 2 pm. Forecast seemed pretty bang on as windslab really noticeable at treeline and transition into alpine. Windslab was rock hard and appeared to have a slight facet over top that was causing some sluffing. By end of day it felt pretty close to threshold for storm snow on this layer, and we pulled a 0.5 storm slab that slid on the wind slab but didn’t propagate. Intense wind from Kent Ridge and back on Hwy 40, near whiteout conditions. Suspect if this works its way into Spray valley it’ll be pretty spicy.

Snow conditions were: Deep powder, Wind affected. Weather conditions were: Stormy, Wet. We rode: Mellow slopes, Open trees. We avoided: Alpine slopes, Convex slopes. Riding quality was amazing.


Windcrust as anticipated was pretty touchy right at treeline/alpine transition. CT0 (failed as back cut) of wind slab, followed by CT15 on a lower wind slab (80 cm). Facets above freeze crust failed at CT30, approx 100 cm down.