Mount Kelsall


We skied up Mount Kelsall to a point near the summit where we we turned around due to our route traveling along a knife edge ridge which we deemed unsafe. Intense Northerly winds were reverse loading the ridge, creating cornices overhanging both sides. Strong winds were gusting all day with a lot of snow being stripped off mountains and transported far off, instead of being deposited in the lee. Temperature was -10 but felt like -25 with wind chill. The glacier skied surprisingly well with the a soft, supportive, wind affected surface. A north aspect of the mountain South of Kelsall lake had a size 2 natural wind slab on it of unknown date. The debris did look fairly fresh but croen line was not visible. See photo.

Snow conditions were: Wind affected. We rode: Alpine slopes, Mellow slopes, Open trees, Sunny slopes. We avoided: Convex slopes, Steep slopes. Riding quality was good.