A nice January day at White Pass

Yukon

Steve 'Reidles' Reid , Sunday 15th November, 2020 6:05PM

Consistently Mod/Strong N winds transporting significant snow even at treeline. Temperature ranged from -8 to -6 (1300-1500). Didn't venture into alpine start zones, but crossloading of treeline gully features evident, small lee test slopes revealed a stiffening windslab which would minimally propagate cracks, but no activity beyond that. Evidence of old sz 1 debris on one South/SW face at 1100m. Nicest I've seen the pass in November ever (4 years isn't a huge data sample), better than a few Januarys, though!. Very much early season conditions, but excellent coverage considering the time of year. Just a brief recon, but TL terrain is skiing well where coverage permits. Side note - the Fraser 'up track' was busy, and without Log Cabin (still a Parks Canada closure in effect) this will turn into a choke point for a lot of intermediate users and sledders, especially in low vis.

Snow conditions were: Wind affected, Powder. Weather conditions were: Windy. We rode: Mellow slopes. Riding quality was good.

Avalache Conditions: 30cm + of new snow, or significant drifitng, or rain in the last 48 hours.

Source: Avalanche Canada MIN