More facets in Wheaton


info , Sunday 7th March, 2021 10:45AM

Summary of obs from an AST day: We worked up the drainage between Mt Wheaton and Tally-Ho, finding mostly bottomless facets, trending to unreactive wind slab above about 1100m. A warm but mostly overcast day reduced concerns of solar triggering on alpine slopes above us. Visibility was good and no recent avalanches were observed.

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


CTH(BRK) on basal facets, size 2-3mm. The snow depth and quality were highly variable, and there was no wind slab in our test location. The entire snowpack varied from fist to 4-finger hardness.


Variable broken to overcast skies and no evidence of wind transport at ridgetop.