Elk Valley North

South Rockies

southrockies , Sunday 3rd January, 2021 5:10PM

With all the new snow and elevated danger ratings we made a conservative trip plan for north of Sparwood. We had to fight the desire to push into bigger terrain when the storm cleared earlier than expected and there was even some blue sky. We saw evidence of a large natural avalanche cycle overnight and the wind was still loading easterly slopes in the alpine. We still had loads of fun (and stucks) playing on fresh roads and cutbanks while giving the storm slabs time to bond to the old snow surfaces.

Snow conditions were: Powder. Weather conditions were: Cloudy, Sunny. We rode: Mellow slopes. We avoided: Alpine slopes, Steep slopes, Convex slopes. Riding quality was amazing.

Avalache Conditions: 30cm + of new snow, or significant drifitng, or rain in the last 48 hours. Slab avalanches today or yesterday.

Source: Avalanche Canada MIN