Chickadee Valley - Sheltered SW

Banff Yoho & Kootenay National Park

jschmalenberg , Thursday 5th March, 2020 10:20PM

First time in valley. Toured to Chickadee Col(?). Felt like a formed slab at 2000m once into assumed wind effect. No naturals observed. Moderate cornice breaks across valley. Felt comfortable with exposure to avalanche run-outs and trim lines on mid path given particular start zones.

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

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

Source: Avalanche Canada MIN