Pulpit 1 S Face + Pulpit 2 Ridge and E Chute 2

Banff Yoho & Kootenay National Park

mattyb , Monday 1st March, 2021 8:25PM

Snow conditions were: Crusty, Heavy. Weather conditions were: Cloudy, Warm. We rode: Dense trees, Open trees. We avoided: Alpine slopes, Steep slopes. Riding quality was ok.

Snowpack

N Face Pulpit 2 Ridge (alpine): A few quick block tests with a pole showed natural and spontaneous shear when in supported. Avoided alpine in these slopes S Face Pulpit 1 (tree line): firm snow pack. Occasional, but limited cracking in micro features, otherwise highly wind affected in the past and new snow (5-10cm) not slabbing.

Weather

Very calm. Nearly no wind, including on Pulpit ridges. Some wind on top or cirque. Some wind transport off the Wapta, large cornices, and sluffing off the face.