Ashlu Elaho conditions

Sea To Sky

albertocsanz , Tuesday 2nd April, 2024 6:40PM

Spent 4 days on the Ashlu-Elaho with access and exit via Limelite Ck and Rob Ck (similar to https://bivouac.com/TripPg.asp?TripId=9494). Snow on North access starts at 800 m, on South aspects in the trees at around 1000 m. Both accesses are reasonable but long. Glaciers on the North side of the area had over 320 cm of coverage and were well filled in, with visible and easy to navigate large crevasses. Toward the South-east end we probed to 250 cm of snow to ice. South aspects were universally breakable crust and not primed for spring skiing just yet. North aspects held beautiful boot/knee deep dry powder. Weather was generally cold, mix of sun and clouds, with strong winds at around ridgetops. On Saturday storm slabs were still reactive, but generally we found no wind slabs of concerns on our route. Surface hoar developed on North aspects. As we exited on Monday April 1st with the warm up the snow became moist to 2200 m and steep solar South aspects were heavy and getting concerning by 11AM.

Source: Avalanche Canada MIN