Hidden Bowl Area

Banff Yoho & Kootenay National Park

Kevin S. , Sunday 3rd April, 2022 6:00PM

Spent 3 days touring around the Skoki Lakes and Hiden Bowl area. Overall, the conditions are exactly as advertised in the the bulletin - 5-10 cm low density snow over temperature crust on all aspects. Conditions improve above 2000m on direct N facing slopes that are protected from the winds that seemed to come from everywhere. We had few concerns except this morning when trying to climb up into the north bowl of Richardson where we had a large settlement on a supported slope. That was enough to pull the plug and stick to low angled terrain below. I had done a hand sheer earlier and found 4 or 5 pronounced layers in the upper 50 cm with a hard ice layer down 40cm. Weather was pretty much constant light snow from Friday am to Sunday pm with a few short/hot sunny breaks. Went down to -13C overnight saturday.

Snow conditions were: Crusty, Powder, Wind affected. Weather conditions were: Stormy, Windy. We rode: Alpine slopes, Convex slopes, Dense trees, Mellow slopes, Open trees, Steep slopes, Sunny slopes. Riding quality was ok.

Avalache Conditions: Whumpfing or drum-like sounds or shooting cracks.