Sugarbowl

North Rockies

peltoglacier , Tuesday 26th November, 2019 9:40PM

Hiked 2.3 kms until skinning up at 1330 m, then skis on, very little snow below 1300 m. Snow depth dramatically increases reaching 120-150 cms by 1450m and 150-180 1600-1700m. The upper 10-15 cms would sluff skiing any terrain >30 degrees, and failed at CTE5, whereas there was a sudden collapse/failure at the Nov. 22 crust at CTH4(SC). Open areas had wind effect features---sastrugi-like, and there was a small crown in the chute with signs of a small amount of material at the foot of the slope.

Snow conditions were: Deep powder. Weather conditions were: Cold, Stormy. We rode: Dense trees, Steep slopes, Open trees. We avoided: Alpine slopes. Riding quality was good.

Snowpack

The upper 10-15 cms would sluff skiing any terrain >30 degrees, and failed at CTE5, whereas there was a sudden collapse/failure at the Nov. 22 crust at CTH4(SC). Open areas had wind effect features---sastrugi-like, and there was a small crown in the chute with signs of a small amount of material at the foot of the slope.

Weather

It snowed throughout the day accumulating 1-2 cms 1400-1700 m, and <1cm from 750-1400 m. Skies were obscured all day. Temperature at 11:30 am at 1650 m was -8C.

Location

53.86838600 -121.67115100

Sugarbowl

Source: Avalanche Canada MIN