Cloudburst

Sea to Sky

gilbert.pjb , Saturday 10th April, 2021 6:35PM

skid up to the 1600m ridge on cloudburst today. At 1300m the snow was dry powder in the morning, but by the afternoon had moistened up considerably. Between 1300m and 1600m we found wind slabs on ridges, but in the lee terrain, the snow had not bonded into a storm slab or wind slab. We did notice a couple of natural size 1 releases from the top of east-facing ridgelines, as well as a size 2 on a north-facing convexity.

Snow conditions were: Powder, Wet, Wind affected. Weather conditions were: Cloudy, Sunny. We rode: Alpine slopes, Dense trees, Mellow slopes, Open trees. We avoided: Convex slopes, Steep slopes, Sunny slopes. Riding quality was good.

Avalache Conditions: Slab avalanches today or yesterday. 30cm + of new snow, or significant drifitng, or rain in the last 48 hours. Rapid temperature rise to near zero degrees or wet surface snow.

Weather

The day was mostly sunny, with a few storm clouds that rolled through and dropped less than 1cm of graupel on us.