Wet and windy in the Telkwas


AvCan Northwest , Wednesday 25th January, 2023 3:20PM

Today we rode in the Telkwas. We had a temp of 1.8C at 1650 m. There was poor visibility, strong southwesterly winds and occasional light rain. We dug on an east facing slope at 1700 m and found 115 cm of snow. During an Extended Column Test (ECT) we had propagating results during moderate loading steps on the Dec 23rd facet/surface hoar layer. We observed no new avalanches.

Snow conditions were: Crusty, Hard, Heavy, Wet, Wind affected. Weather conditions were: Foggy, Warm, Wet, Windy. We avoided: Alpine slopes, Convex slopes, Steep slopes. Riding quality was terrible.

Avalache Conditions: 30cm + of new snow, or significant drifitng, or rain in the last 48 hours. Rapid temperature rise to near zero degrees or wet surface snow.