skis on sleds on trucks on boats

South Columbia

Arienne Hanna , Tuesday 29th December, 2020 7:45PM

Today we packed our skis on the sleds, sleds on the truck, and the truck on a boat and sailed across to the quiet side. We spent the day switching between sunny and low light lenses as the clouds drifted in and out. Ontop of a ridge above a lake, (when we could see) we could see across the valley cloud to surrounding peaks and no signs of slab avalanches for miles around! There was some minor size 1 loose dry out of steep rocky alpine terrain. Had some nice powersluffing in the steep little shots we skied around treeline too. Widespread surface hoar covered the snow up to at least 2200 m (as high as we went) and ranged in size from 2 mm on south aspects to 5 mm on north. Around 30 cm of recent low density storm snow with no slab property made for some pretty fun turns. The recent snow sat ontop of a super thin humidity crust. The early-mid December surface hoar and crust were down 90 cm and 95 cm respectively. The surface hoar crystals were rounding, as were the grains above and below the crust. These layers did not produce results in a compression test but the surface hoar gave a moderate resistant planar result in a deep tap test. We also got a hard sudden planar CT result on a layer of decomposing stellar crystals down 65 cm.

Snow conditions were: Powder. Weather conditions were: Foggy, Sunny. We rode: Mellow slopes, Steep slopes, Open trees. Riding quality was amazing.

Source: Avalanche Canada MIN