Mt Kelly

South Coast Inland

Cole DeFehr , Thursday 23rd December, 2021 6:50PM

Did not ride any slopes today, just went to check out conditions and attempt to get to the summit. Unfortunately several down trees, about 8-10 in the first half of the ascent route made for interesting detours. Fortunately, another group was ahead of me and broke trail (ski pen was 30cm minimum in some areas) and made these detours slightly easier. They won't be as bad with another couple storms to cover up some gaps between the smaller trees. At least a couple of these down trees will need at least 2.5 meters more to cover them up. Most of the others should be covered in a few weeks as long as we don't get any long dry spells. With avi danger rated high at all elevations, was very cautious as I approached the gully crossing. But no recent avalanche signs were present. I noticed the group ahead of me tried a couple ski cuts in small, low consequence but steeply convexed slopes and triggered nothing. Finding good ski/snowboard lines might be a little tricky still and more coverage would be better.

Snow conditions were: Deep powder. Weather conditions were: Cloudy, Cold.

Avalache Conditions: 30cm + of new snow, or significant drifitng, or rain in the last 48 hours.

Snowpack

3 hasty pits today, two between 1600-1750m on S-SE aspect. One on a slightly N aspect at the summit around 1900m or so. Consistently saw 80-100cms of unconsolidated snow. Greater than fist resistance for the upper 60-70cms. Slightly firmer below, more proper fist resistance I would say. Both SW aspect hasty pit hand shears crumbled mostly, with an uneven break around 50cms, the summit hand shear broke planar at 55cms, moderate resistance. Probing around at the summit and felt no obvious crust or resistance until 135cms To give you an idea, I could easily whip up a 1meter deep pit with my pole at all elevations. Summit depth is 190cms.

Weather

Some blowing snow in the upper gulley area, blowing up slope. A reasonable amount of drift off of tree tops showed the wind wind direction cleary from the south/southwest.