Lightning Strike Ridge

Kootenay Boundary

Miles Kenyon-Slaney , Tuesday 3rd March, 2020 8:15PM

Skied the N/NE aspects of Lightning ridge. Riding was ok, with no crust but heavy, wind affected snow. Stayed away from S aspects and from lee features to try and find stable, quality snow. Everything felt stable, with no evidence of the Feb 22nd surface hoar layer being reactive on BTL slopes.

Snow conditions were: Heavy, Wind affected. Weather conditions were: Windy, Warm, Sunny. We rode: Mellow slopes, Dense trees, Steep slopes, Open trees. We avoided: Alpine slopes, Sunny slopes. Riding quality was ok.

Avalache Conditions: Slab avalanches today or yesterday.


Dug a quick test pit at the top of Lightning Strike Ridge on the N/NE aspect. No evidence of the Feb 22nd surface hoar layer being reactive, although a wind slab was forming to a depth of 20cm. Snow was heavy when skiing, but felt stable and well bonded for the most part. In the most sheltered areas it became softer.

Source: Avalanche Canada MIN