Mt. Cheam Area
South Coast Inland
Joe McKeen , Tuesday 16th February, 2021 9:45PM
Rode a couple evening laps in the old growth near Mt Cheam parking lot. SE aspect between 1400m - 1650m. Observed 30-40cm of storm snow + wind transport sitting on sun crust / wind pressed snow. Storm snow was cohesive, and VERY reactive. Easy sudden planar failures on hand shears, skinning in the trees and snow falling out of treetops consistently produced shooting cracks. Small test slopes failed energetically. Road is in "average" winter condition for sled access.
Snow conditions were: Deep powder, Wind affected. We rode: Mellow slopes, Dense trees. Riding quality was good.
Avalache Conditions: 30cm + of new snow, or significant drifitng, or rain in the last 48 hours. Slab avalanches today or yesterday. Whumpfing or drum-like sounds or shooting cracks.
Source: Avalanche Canada MIN