Hot, Sticky & Bluebird All Over!
northrockiesfieldteam , Wednesday 19th February, 2020 7:00PM
Went skiing up Belle Mountain - the weather was beautiful, warm and sunny. It started out cold in the morning at -15C but warmed up quickly. We skied a south facing slope and the top 5 cm of the snowpack turned moist and sticky below 1800m in the trees by late afternoon, but still made for fun turns. On our drive up to the staging area in the morning we spotted a large avalanche that had been triggered by a falling cornice and pulled out a deep looking slab on an east facing slope, a few mountains north of Belle. We avoided any slopes with cornices overhanging them today due to the warming and recent avalanche we saw.
Snow conditions were: Heavy. Weather conditions were: Warm, Sunny. We rode: Sunny slopes. Riding quality was good.
Avalache Conditions: Rapid temperature rise to near zero degrees or wet surface snow. Slab avalanches today or yesterday.
Source: Avalanche Canada MIN