Threats of Thundersnow

North Rockies

northrockiesfieldteam , Thursday 31st March, 2022 4:25PM

It was a whiteout when we arrived at the Renshaw today. We stuck close to the cabin in the morning, riding in the trees and digging a quick profile while we waited for things to clear up. About 5cm of new snow was being shifted into slabs by the westerly winds at upper elevations. This wind slab sits over a recent crust and is quite touchy. Once the clouds broke up, we could see few small natural avalanches. We also managed to trigger a couple avalanches on small test slopes 20-50cm deep. With a reactive slab and fleeting visibility, we stuck to small features and limited our time moving under large slopes.

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

Avalache Conditions: Slab avalanches today or yesterday. Whumpfing or drum-like sounds or shooting cracks.