Slab avalanche in Kokanee

South Columbia

Anthony Chucky Cassell , Wednesday 3rd February, 2021 5:20PM

Rode SW Montana trees first, snow was great, really happy with the snow, felt solid no crust. Skinned around up Kokanee ridge and rode down off the ride to lower Kokanee bowl in the open trees South facing snow felt solid. Prominent sun crust on that south face in the trees. Then skinned up the far ridge of Kokanee from the cat track, again snow felt great again. Dropped in on the north side into open trees where avalanche occurred. On the way back we noticed 2 crowns on the north face of the ridge into Montana and 1 crown at the bottom of Kokanee bowl

Snow conditions were: Crusty, Deep powder. Weather conditions were: Cloudy. We rode: Open trees. We avoided: Alpine slopes. Riding quality was good.

Avalache Conditions: 30cm + of new snow, or significant drifitng, or rain in the last 48 hours. Slab avalanches today or yesterday.

Incident

Slabbed off while he was in the middle on the planar face of a open section of trees. Went for a ride but everyone ok must of slid on Jan 26th SH layer

Avalanche

At the top of the trees a slight open area where a member of the party was in the middle of the slab, went for the full ride caught hold of a tree partially buried but self dug out.

Source: Avalanche Canada MIN