First sail of the stormy seas in Clemina

Frozen Pirate

Stormy day! Hard rain and above zero temps to 1250m where it then gave way to snowfall and moderate winds which seemed to come from all directions. Snowing from 1cm/hr in the morning and then increased to 2+cm/hr by mid afternoon. Alpine temps stuck around -2. Total storm snow was very hard to judge as sustained mod-strong winds continued to blow snow all over the mountains. Heavy cloud and extremely poor vis all day made the open treeline or alpine not a fun place to be. We lowered our hazard and stuck to technical trees while we continued to be cautious of our slope angle and exposure. No avalanches observed but not a lot of opportunity for obs. Some whumping and cracking.

Snow conditions were: Deep powder, Wind affected, Powder. Weather conditions were: Stormy, Windy, Warm, Foggy, Cloudy. We rode: Dense trees, Open trees. We avoided: Alpine 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.

Source: Avalanche Canada MIN