Crusty old Log Cabin
ykfieldteam , Wednesday 3rd April, 2019 4:10PM
The Field Team toured into the western end of Log Cabin. The widespread melt-freeze crust was fully frozen and supportive in the morning, despite overnight temps of above 0 degrees. It ranged from 3 to 20cm thick and melted only slightly on the surface by the afternoon, making for a very crusty ski out. To fully experience the crusty'ness of the ski out, check out this video and crank your volume up to max: https://vimeo.com/328298780 Below the melt-freeze crust was 80cm of facets down to the ground. See photo of us attempting to demonstrate the supportiveness of the crust after having removed the facets beneath, and instead falling right through. The melt-freeze crust makes ski crampons a must. Boot crampons and ice axe would be nice if you're pushing into steeper terrain. Bear spray was also on our minds and we will be bringing it next time out. The day was cloudy with light winds from the Southwest and no precip. The snowstorm that hit Whitehorse in the morning hadn't shown its face in White Pass yet when we drove away in the afternoon. No recent avalanches were observed.
Snow conditions were: Crusty, Hard. Weather conditions were: Warm, Cloudy. We rode: Mellow slopes, Open trees. We avoided: Steep slopes. Riding quality was terrible.
Source: Avalanche Canada MIN