Whymper Col

Lake Louise

Mike M , Saturday 15th April, 2023 3:10PM

Great conditions to Whymper Col today. Cold dry snow from valley bottom to the col. Some evidence of down tracks near valley bottom, but no skin track up this morning. Trail breaking was ankle/boot top the whole way, but the reward was significant. There were some large wet slides near valley bottom, and a small point release off the climbers right cliffs, but otherwise no signs of instability on the route. We had excellent powder skiing on the headwall and creamy powder skiing all the way to the bottom. The weather started foggy but the cloud lifted throughout the morning. Light came in and out on the descent, but we managed to avoid having to ski down during the flat light periods. One other party of 2 came up to the final headwall but transitioned below while we were at the col. Ski out was warm and sunny, but not isothermal by 2pm.

Weather conditions were: Cloudy, Sunny, Warm. We rode: Alpine slopes, Steep slopes. We avoided: Convex slopes.