Whymper South Face

Banff Yoho & Kootenay National Park

flagler.grant , Thursday 30th December, 2021 7:50PM

Attempted to ski the south face of Mount Whymper today. -23 at the car warming to -14 at 1950m. Ski quality was subpar as a 5cm stiff wind crust had developed in open areas with cross loading evident in start zones and tracks of several ski lines. After bailing on our objective, group dug two full profiles at 1995 metres. Consistent failure of recent windslab as well as some spooky results on the December 2nd layer which is consistent with the observations noted by Parks today.

Snow conditions were: Crusty, Wind affected. Weather conditions were: Cold, Sunny. We rode: Mellow slopes, Open trees. We avoided: Alpine slopes, Convex slopes, Steep slopes. Riding quality was terrible.

Avalache Conditions: Whumpfing or drum-like sounds or shooting cracks.

Snowpack

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