Chick-A-Boom 🐥- A - 💥

Banff Yoho & Kootenay National Park

bryan.daneau , Saturday 9th January, 2021 6:10PM

Nice track was avail to the end of Chick valley. Probed HS125cm before going around the cliff bands to hit the upper valley towards Chimney col. Probed 3m or so on N aspect past the col although suspect there would’ve been wind transport at that spot. The huge hole after the col is still there and quite visible - but that was the only obvious hole we saw throughout the day. Some wind skin on the steep slope down towards Boom but no signs of instabilities although some hand shears were easy down on the stellar / SH interface. Lots of sluffing off steep N facing cliffs in Boom valley. From the second col back to Chick valley, could feel a thin sun crust while skiing the S avi path. From 2200m to 1800m we were surfing on gigantic (10-25mm) SH - you could easily hear it and feel it while skiing. No big signs of instabilities throughout today, but the radar was up on the descent from Chimney col for sure.

Snow conditions were: Crusty, Deep powder, Wind affected. Weather conditions were: Cloudy, Sunny. We rode: Alpine slopes, Steep slopes, Sunny slopes. Riding quality was amazing.

Source: Avalanche Canada MIN