Mongolia

Lizard Range and Flathead

Nik Dunn , Friday 5th February, 2021 4:30PM

Lots of loose dry avalanches on the Mammoth Head & Mongolia headwall. Saw some loose dry caused by tree bombs, not running too far. Tried to push a few convexities, got some to go loose dry 20-30 deep, not running far. Ski quality was phenomenal, but we were very cautious of overhead hazard. Didnt want to get lured out into the open bowls or fan features. Saw a Na Sz2 in El-Tubo from Mongolia ridge. Plenty of good skiing in mellow trees right now.

Snow conditions were: Deep powder. Weather conditions were: Cold, Windy. We rode: Mellow slopes, Dense trees, Sunny slopes, Open trees. We avoided: Alpine slopes, Steep slopes, Convex slopes. Riding quality was amazing.

Avalache Conditions: 30cm + of new snow, or significant drifitng, or rain in the last 48 hours. Slab avalanches today or yesterday.

Snowpack

Dug two test pits. Quick and dirty. TL, NW, 1835m CTE 4 SC down 35cm × 2 on Graupel CTE 6 SP down 62cm x1 on SH CTE 7 SP down 62cm x1 on SH ECTN7 down 35 ECTN12 down 62 TL, SE, 1855m CTE 8 BRK down 20x2 CTM10 BRK down 50 (below a MFcr)

Weather

Moderate blowing snow at ridgetop between Siberia & Mongolia. Moderate blowing snow on Mongolia Headwall.

Avalanche

Heard a 10s rumble, looked over and saw a powder cloud coming out of El Tubo. Avalanche terminated Mid Path. Watch your overhead!!!!

Source: Avalanche Canada MIN