Banff Yoho & Kootenay National Park
robert.fisher.pgeol , Tuesday 11th May, 2021 11:20AM
Plan was to go up Hector access headwall, up to Andromache peak, ski north glacier and out Noseeum. Overnight freeze (-2 deg at 630am) was enough for fast travel to headwall. Skis on to base of second waterfall, no crampons. On solar, top 5 cm moist on hard crust to top Andromache. Hand test at 2910m at start zone for north glacier descent showed a SSL with easy-mod shear 25cm down on preserved stellars sitting on pencil crust. Ridge was loaded from south with recent snow/wind. Due to steep rollover onto glacier and inability to determine how far the SSL developed, we backed off and still had great skiing on solar back down ascent route.
Weather conditions were: Sunny, Warm. We rode: Alpine slopes, Steep slopes. Riding quality was good.