Cathedral Peak

Banff Yoho & Kootenay National Park

isaac.rynn , Friday 23rd April, 2021 7:40PM

Started at a leisurely 8:45am from the O’Hara parking lot. The overcast had us confident in staying out a bit later than usual on a spring day. Made it to about 2800m then decided to pull the plug based on that fact there were going to be no stellar views and poor viz. 5-10cm of freshies from the storm. We rode back down to the south couloir and skiid that. Very crust and scrappy up top but some fun turns down low. Evidence of a wet loose sz 2 from the last natural cycle. Other natural paths observed. A team skid the north couloir. Dropped a nomic somewhere in the couloir. Beers for its return :)

Snow conditions were: Crusty, Powder. Weather conditions were: Cloudy, Warm. We rode: Alpine slopes, Dense trees, Steep slopes. We avoided: Steep slopes. Riding quality was ok.

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

Weather

Encountered high winds at our high point

Avalanche

Around high noon we observed a dry loose from the fresh snow coming off of Cathedral.