Grizzly Shoulder

Glacier National Park

Meshwell Boschmann , Friday 20th November, 2020 5:00PM

10 cm of new snow overnight at trailhead. 20 cm ski pen in trees at 1500m. 35-45 cm ski pen in openings at treeline. Dug test pit at 1920m after getting a couple whoomphs (see snowpack tab). Skied main Grizzly Shoulder run fall line toward Connaught Creek twice. Two ski cuts in start zone at 2100m did not produce any result. 2100m to 1600m skied amazing with the top 90cm having a very progressive density (F to 4F to 1F) over the Nov 5th crust. Felt a couple more whoomphs while skiing down between 2000m and 1800m but no cracking or avalanches observed. Few alders lower down but enough room in between. Only came across two other parties and one went over the rock band towards Rogers Run/Puff Daddy. All in all, another excellent day at the pass.

Snow conditions were: Deep powder. Weather conditions were: Cloudy. We rode: Steep slopes, Open trees. We avoided: Alpine slopes, Convex slopes. Riding quality was amazing.

Avalache Conditions: 30cm + of new snow, or significant drifitng, or rain in the last 48 hours. Whumpfing or drum-like sounds or shooting cracks.

Snowpack

1920m ASL South HS 161cm 33 degrees 0-85 HST, very progressive (F to 4F to 1F) with Nov 17 eggshell crust down 51 cm. 85-88 facets 88-100 Nov 5 knife to pencil hard rain crust 100-109facets 109-112 crust 112-115 facets 115-161 pencil hard rounds Test results: CTE 2 RP down 35cm in HST CTM 12 and CTM 13 RP on Nov 5 crust down 92

Source: Avalanche Canada MIN