More ski touring

South Columbia

andysadamson , Tuesday 23rd March, 2021 8:40PM

Woke to clear skies, light winds over night, small sz 2-3 SH sparkling out there and more ski touring. Skinned up Naumalten Peak, went south when we wanted to go north (saw something shiny) wound up touring about on various aspects, S, SE, NW, E. Found wind pressed snow in ALP and some pockets of hard slab to avoid. One isolated Na windsl sz 1.5 noted below loaded E-facing cornice. Likely failed in height of recent storm. We stepped back from our big north facing objective due to committing, convex, shallow, rocky entrances, whumpfing along ridge, and lack of group motivation for the big slog out. Skied some cool steep E lines and found moist snow below 2200. Lots of pinwheeling and wet-loose with skier traffic on the 3/18th MFcr. Great skiing on short NW and NE pitches, 20 cm ski pen on fast supportive lines. Avoided any cornice exposure, the are pretty big. CLR in AM changed to scattered clouds and broken to OVC in PM back at the lodge. Light winds variable from SW to NW. TP 2341 m, E aspect, HS 195, 28 degrees - top of small open alpine slope. CTM11 (RP) dn 29 on decomposing needle-shaped SH sz 2 and df's. CTH 22 (BKN) dn 38 on facets below March 18th crust - getting very faceted above and below.

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

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