Vermilion Peak

Banff Yoho & Kootenay National Park

coleg.anderson9658 , Wednesday 10th March, 2021 6:40PM

We skied up the lower part of the slide path then cut into the trees. At 2150m we joined back up with the slide path and dug a pit on a 20 degree W aspect slope. The snow felt solid and our ECT had no failure. We continued climbing up to the summit ridge finding a mix of powder and windcrust. At the ridge we ditched our skies then continued carefully along the cornices with crampons and mountaineering axes. We stopped 100m from the summit because it was getting really gnarly. We skied back down the entire slide path, enjoying a little bit of powder until 2000m, then it was back to the hard crust. The slope felt stable, but there were some old 0.5 size natural slides in the choke point of the gully.

Snow conditions were: Crusty, Hard, Powder, Wind affected. Weather conditions were: Cloudy, Sunny, Warm, Windy. We rode: Alpine slopes, Convex slopes, Open trees, Steep slopes, Sunny slopes. Riding quality was good.

Snowpack

No signs of instability during the day. Our ECT showed no failure and a pretty solid snow pack. Done on a 20 degree slope.

Weather

Weird weather today. It was alternating between sun and snow. Some mod. wind at the summit, otherwise pretty calm.

Avalanche

Small 0.5 natural slide in slide path, around 1800m. Probably occurred a few days to a week ago. Only natural avalanche we saw the whole day.