Pulpit Knob

Banff Yoho & Kootenay National Park

anthony.stielow , Sunday 8th March, 2020 5:40PM

Skied Pulpit Knob. The sun was out in force today and was baking the south face of the knob. The snow is deep, 275cm depth, and there is 40-60 cm of powder but the quality is highly variable depending on aspect and elevation. By 1pm the sun had done a number to the storm snow and things were getting pretty heavy in this top layer. We noted pinwheels and balling snow and decided to head home. As expected, we experienced some easy shearing between then new snow/old snow interface at lower elevations where the trees hadn't kept it shaded. At upper elevations we still found powder light enough to have few good runs but I would think by tomorrow the snow on this south face will have a sun crust on top.

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

Avalache Conditions: Rapid temperature rise to near zero degrees or wet surface snow.

Source: Avalanche Canada MIN