Glacier National Park
oli , Saturday 2nd November, 2019 4:30PM
Warm snow surface due to sunny skies. Air temperature at -2.7C. Dug a snow pit. Result from compression test at 2800m before south face ascent: Sudden planar fracture at 20cm Sudden planar fracture at 50cm No facets or hoar present. We think it was sliding on a super thin freeze-thaw crust interface. Hard to identify crystals. Medium cause for concern. Bootpacking up the south face gave us confidence as we felt the different layers. Top of Rogers was wind-compacted and made for some tricky skiing. Surprisingly decent powder conditions on the lower half of Rogers south face and glacier.
Snow conditions were: Crusty, Hard, Wind affected, Powder. Weather conditions were: Warm, Sunny. We rode: Alpine slopes, Convex slopes, Steep slopes, Sunny slopes. Riding quality was good.
Avalache Conditions: Rapid temperature rise to near zero degrees or wet surface snow.
Source: Avalanche Canada MIN