NW wind forming news labs in White Pass

Yukon

Yukon Field Team , Tuesday 5th January, 2021 3:20PM

The weather quickly deteriorated in White Pass today from high broken cloud and calm wind giving decent visibility to moderate/strong winds from the northwest and low visibility. We ski toured to upper treeline elevations and found the new 7cm of now was quickly being transported to immediate lee features and forming soft wind slabs that were reactive to our skis. Shooting cracks and small slabs were not hard to create. The effect was likely amplified at higher alpine elevations. Skiing was still decent in sheltered areas but in many places we could feel old, firm surfaces below. Summit weather station is again fixed and reporting wind speed and direction.

Snow conditions were: Crusty, Wind affected, Powder. Weather conditions were: Cold, Windy. We rode: Alpine slopes, Open trees. We avoided: Steep slopes. Riding quality was ok.

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

Source: Avalanche Canada MIN