Observation Glades test profile

Banff Yoho & Kootenay National Park

snow.safety , Thursday 13th January, 2022 2:50PM

Snowpack

Found 125cm in an open glade amoungst the last significant trees on the rib above our snow study plot. Overall a weak and well-faceted snowpack with only the snow from before the middle of November providing any real strength. It seems apparent that the cold temperatures from the entire month of December have really driven the facet process in these thin snowpack areas common to this side of the highway. It also seemed apparent that the wind has stripped the alpine here over the last two weeks: before Christmas it seemed like coverage was exceptional in some of these typically stripped windward features... they look "kinda typical" now...