North Rockies

esarhawkins , Sunday 16th February, 2020 3:50PM

Quick tour up Sugarbowl to get a half day of turns in and see how the snow over the past week has been bonding. Pit at 1440m on N aspect treed slope had HS 290 cm. Easy to moderate results in compression tests: CTE9 down 14cm, CTM14 Sudden Plannar down 64cm on what looked like 2-3mm mod. rimed precipitation particles and faceted grains. ECTN 21 down 64cm. Our main concern was that week layer down 64 cm, so we kept it a relaxed day. Low angle treed skiing was still quite enjoyable and the lower sugarbowl outtrack isn't a complete death luge, so bonus there! Looking forward to seeing the recent storm snow hopefully bond well with an otherwise well consolidated snowpack in this area.

Snow conditions were: Powder. Weather conditions were: Stormy, Cloudy. We rode: Mellow slopes, Dense trees, Open trees. We avoided: Alpine slopes, Steep slopes. Riding quality was amazing.

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


Pit dug on 18 deg slope. Two CT columns gave similar results, described in quick summary. No observed natural avalanches. Had a cloudy view into the sugarbowl couloir and couldn't see any sliding. Evidence of wind effect at and above treeline, mostly wind come across the slope from the West.

Source: Avalanche Canada MIN