Ptarmigan

celinemsirois

Wind scour nearly down to ground above tree line (not much more than 10cm remaining). Highly variable snowpack at tree line and below, but there were soft turns (up to ~60cm) to be had on sheltered mellow slopes adjacent to trees. Skied laps from weather station down. Significant wind slabs forming on leeward slopes and observed the snow below crust to be completely rotten. Any significant loading will make steeper slopes and the gulleys run to ground.

Snow conditions were: Wind affected. Weather conditions were: Windy, Sunny. We rode: Mellow slopes. We avoided: Steep slopes, Convex slopes. Riding quality was ok.

Source: Avalanche Canada MIN