Saddleback Pass

Banff Yoho & Kootenay National Park

Jesse Kitteridge , Monday 1st March, 2021 8:27PM

Observed 1 slab avalanche (size 1.5) @ 11:30am, and saw evidence of two others (size 2) all on N facing slope of Saddle Mountain @ 2200m (see photo 1) Size 2 avalanche has slid down the fourth (final) avalanche path across the skin track/summer hiking trail (see photo 2). Appears likely to have slid within previous 24 hours. E-facing slope, start zone @2400m, ran ~250m. Winds high all day, gusting to ~70km/hr generally from W-SW.

Snow conditions were: Crusty, Wind affected. Weather conditions were: Cloudy, Stormy, Warm, Windy. We rode: Mellow slopes. We avoided: Alpine slopes. Riding quality was ok.

Avalache Conditions: Slab avalanches today or yesterday. Whumpfing or drum-like sounds or shooting cracks.