January in April?


Yukon Field Team , Saturday 10th April, 2021 12:20PM

Today we went to investigate the reactivity of new windslabs on solar aspects. We linked up low consequence pieces of terrain to travel up into Fraser chutes today. The past 36hrs of NE wind had found its way into most if not all places. Travel was very variable. It was a flash back to winter with -17c temps, light gusting mod NE winds, overcast and snowing less than 1cm per hour. Wind slabs are still reactive. At 1150m SE aspect, an extended column test propagated across the entire column on isolation (ECTPV) down 55cm on the same melt freeze crust that produced results yesterday. The block was hard and heavy (pencil).

Snow conditions were: Crusty, Wind affected. Weather conditions were: Cloudy, Cold, Stormy, Windy. We rode: Mellow slopes, Open trees. We avoided: Alpine slopes, Convex slopes, Steep slopes. Riding quality was terrible.

Avalache Conditions: Slab avalanches today or yesterday. 30cm + of new snow, or significant drifitng, or rain in the last 48 hours. Whumpfing or drum-like sounds or shooting cracks.