Wapta 4 Peaks

Banff Yoho & Kootenay National Park

ian13matthews , Monday 9th May, 2022 3:05PM

Skied St.Nich, both summits of Olive and Gordon from bow lake on Sunday - Lake crossing was fast with refreeze in the morning, but had 6-12 inches of water in the afternoon/evening overtop of the ice for most of it. Personally I wouldn't advise traveling at the end of the day for much longer or at all. - Canyon had good coverage and en-route to bow hut only had to take skis off for a couple short spurts to cross creeks or rocks. - Ski quality was amazing above bow hut, our party and others skied multiple aspects approaching 40 degrees with no signs of instability aside from small dry loose/sluffs of max size of 0.5. 5-15cm of blower powder off the faces of Olive, St. Nicholas and Gordon and on the Wapta with really no wind affect or surface crust. Snow became heavy/wet around bow hut and below on the way out but still made for some fun turns. - Lots of evidence of old wet loose slides from the previous warming cycle, but only observed a cornice failure off of Jimmy Simpson early in the morning en-route to bow hut (unable to observe full size). - Great coverage on the icefields and easy travel!

Snow conditions were: Heavy, Powder. Weather conditions were: Cloudy, Sunny, Warm. We rode: Alpine slopes, Mellow slopes, Sunny slopes. Riding quality was amazing.