Phalanx and Spearhead Glacier

Sea to Sky

peternave , Saturday 22nd February, 2020 10:05PM

We climbed onto the Spearhead Gl via the Guide's Notch and up Stairmaster on Phalanx. We rode down the steeper skier's right slope of the Spearhead Glacier, and as well as a SE facing couloir on Phalanx back down to the glacier. The wind has made the loading of the new snow somewhat variable. Many areas had 10cms or less over a 2-5cm crust, others had windblown snow up to 20cms (very soft) over soft old surfaces. Solar aspects skied surprisingly well and were cross-loaded, but certain solar exposed areas were either moist or had formed a new surface crust. No reactivity was observed in the new snow but there was sluffing in steep terrain skied. No avalanches observed in the backcountry today.

Snow conditions were: Crusty, Powder. Weather conditions were: Sunny. We rode: Alpine slopes, Steep slopes, Sunny slopes. Riding quality was good.

Avalache Conditions: Rapid temperature rise to near zero degrees or wet surface snow.

Snowpack

No reactivity in the snow.

Weather

A sunny day with calm to light winds. Few clouds over the Spearhead Glacier, more to the North.

Location

50.09757000 -122.85401000

Phalanx and Spearhead Glacier

Source: Avalanche Canada MIN