Beauty Day Eh!

South Rockies

southrockies , Tuesday 29th March, 2022 4:50PM

Slapped on some sunscreen and headed to Elkford to see how the sun and warm temperatures have been affecting the snowpack. The 5 cm of new snow was still dry and skiing okay on north facing terrain around 2300 m, but we could still feel some recent breakable temperature crusts underfoot. On south facing terrain at the same elevation the new snow was moist and loosing cohesion, especially in steep thin spots around rocks. It was still early in the day but we failed to trigger any wet loose avalanches on a couple of convexities we pushed. Recent evidence of natural cornice triggered avalanches were a great reminder to steer clear of overhead hazard. With little wind, warm temperatures, and clear skies, we didn’t want to be around when the next cycle of loose wet avalanche activity started either, so we ended our trip plan early.

Snow conditions were: Crusty, Powder, Wet. Weather conditions were: Sunny, Warm. We rode: Alpine slopes, Convex slopes, Mellow slopes, Open trees, Steep slopes, Sunny slopes. Riding quality was ok.

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