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South Columbia

andysadamson , Wednesday 24th March, 2021 9:40PM

Skied into the Grizzly Bowl down the North ridge of Naumalten Mountain. What a great time we had. Skied Middle entrance into the bowl down to 1940 m. Wind pressed soft sastrugi, top 10-15 was 1F- over the F+ density below. No movement from ski cuts or skier traffic, minimal sluffing. Upside-down pow with moderate-strong winds all night and general stormy conditions has us picking conservative, sheltered lines. Another lap up Grizzly and close to the NW entrance to Viking Zone, we avoided the large very planar, very wind-affected main Grizzly Bowl lines and skied a rolling but well supported line to skiers right. Final climb through Low Pass brought us to another lap down the Dragon. Wx: At or above freezing BTL and moist snow to 2100m even on polar aspects. Only dug today as we ascended the warm steep BTL crux on big open glade, STM dn 30 on moist facets above 3/18 MFcr, no sign of SH, long melted/squashed here likely. S-1 to S2 all day, finally broke about 1600 but it was obscured again at ridgetop until the sun popped back at the lodge at 1845. Winds moderate SW trending to W mostly, light NW at ridgetop late in the day. 5-10 HN getting loaded into fresh windslabs likely TL and above. No new avalanches observed, but minimal ALP obs and stepping back mindset kept us out of a lot of terrain.

Snow conditions were: Crusty, Powder, Wind affected. Weather conditions were: Foggy, Stormy, Sunny, Windy. We rode: Alpine slopes, Convex slopes, Dense trees, Mellow slopes, Open trees, Steep slopes. We avoided: Sunny slopes. Riding quality was ok.

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