Evening Ridge skiing more like HIGH/HIGH/HIGH

Kootenay Boundary

StroopDogg , Wednesday 6th January, 2021 12:00PM

Snow conditions were: Deep powder. Weather conditions were: Stormy. We rode: Dense trees. Riding quality was amazing.

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

Avalanche

Skied up treed gully/basin directly across from Glory (Evening Ridge Trail). First 200 m are still quite aldery and hard navigation. Skied over the peak and the next drainage to the south, ending slightly lower than Glory. Numerous tree bomb induced natural size 1-1.5 from 1,600 m to 2,000 m. Some overnight, some this morning. Midstorm debris visible below the corner pocket pillows. Ridgetop is reverse loaded, with fresh cornices on the SW side (up to car size). Widespread (S-NE, 1,600 - 2,000 m), reactive-touchy (ski cut >10 size 1-1.5 + one size 2) storm slabs. Generally 40 cm deep, 20-30 m wide, 20-30 m long. Did not ski slopes large enough to generate bigger results, but I imagine a run like Ecstasy would run big right now. Stuck to the tight trees near the bottom and avoid the large openings where terrain traps (creeks, gullies) are still present. Boot to knee ski pen. Wind effect at ridgetop, otherwise blower. Freezing level increased by ~200 m between 7:00 and 10:00. High confidence below treeline, no alpine obs.

Source: Avalanche Canada MIN