Cats and No Dogs

Northwest Coastal

mikael.callaway , Friday 1st January, 2021 5:15PM

Skied SW (Cats - short 50m upper pitch only) and E/SE (No Dogs) slopes from 1300m to 850m. Light winds at ridge top and temps 0 to -2 (est.). Moderate to heavy snow falling all day with reactive storm slab building over preserved surface hoar. Shooting cracks and whumfing observed in open trees near ridge top. Multiple remotely triggered (up to 20m away) size 1 avalanches occurred while both climbing and descending; crowns ~35cm with notable propogation. Very touchy conditions. Natural avalanches were also heard from distant obscured slopes.

Snow conditions were: Deep powder. Weather conditions were: Stormy. We rode: Mellow slopes, Dense trees, Steep slopes, Open trees. We avoided: Alpine slopes, Steep slopes, Convex slopes, Open trees. 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. Whumpfing or drum-like sounds or shooting cracks.

Source: Avalanche Canada MIN