Spring riding at its best

North Rockies

Trapper Gilowski , Sunday 4th April, 2021 8:15PM

We enjoyed some nice spring riding today we had a little mix of all snow conditions from slush in the valley bottom to nice powder to had and wind affected. The day was windy and snow was being transported all day the temps stayed around -1 in the alpine and +8 in the valley bottom. We limited our time spent traveling under cornices and avoided the wind slabs as best we could. We did not observe any signs of shooting cracks or whumpfs. The snow pack is pretty well right side up and set up. The layer of concern in our pit was down ~50cm, last weekends storm interface this layer did not propagate in our ECT test and was resistant when pulled on. Great riding to be had can’t complain for April!

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

Avalache Conditions: Rapid temperature rise to near zero degrees or wet surface snow.


Layer was last weekends mid storm interface, ECTN (hard range) only propagated half way and when pulled was resistant.


Alpine temps at noon were -1 and winds where moderate in valley bottom and extreme at ridge top


Evidence of last weekends natural cycle