Wind slabs or Crusts

North Rockies

northrockiesfieldteam , Sunday 3rd April, 2022 5:15PM

Paying close attention to the direction slopes faced, or the aspect, was important at the Torpy today. A thin crust formed yesterday in the warmth of the sun and now south faces are crusty much higher than shadier, north facing ones. Strong winds are starting pull snow from the south sides of ridge lines and form wind slabs on North faces. We managed to sled cut one of these slabs on a small, alpine roll. Overall the best snow is in sheltered, open trees on north and east facing slopes where 30cm of new snow sits over the crust from late March.

Snow conditions were: Crusty, Powder, Wind affected. Weather conditions were: Cloudy. We rode: Open trees. We avoided: Alpine slopes, Convex slopes. Riding quality was good.