Upper Burnt

North Rockies

dave.mustang , Monday 9th March, 2020 9:45AM

Beauty day in the back end of the Upper Burnt yesterday. As has been mentioned, snow in Alp is heavily wind affected and slabby, we saw lots of small slides on wind loaded slopes that were 1-2 days old. We also saw several small wet loos slides that were a day or two old. It was colder, (air temp -9) and we didn’t see any signs of instability all day, over quite a variety of terrain. We sled cut some small steep rolls and didn’t get any results. Our pit was in a cutblock in the shade at 1400 m elevation and while we had some failures in compression tests in the moderate range in the top 50 cm, we had no propagation in extended column tests. Snowpack is extremely right side up with light fresh snow turning to dense small rounds and small facets lower down. Overall height of snow was 230-250 cm in the trees. Great day, bluebird and warm in the sunshine.

Snow conditions were: Crusty, Hard, Wind affected, Powder. Weather conditions were: Warm, Sunny. We rode: Alpine slopes, Mellow slopes, Dense trees, Steep slopes, Open trees. We avoided: Convex slopes. Riding quality was good.

Avalache Conditions: Slab avalanches today or yesterday.

Source: Avalanche Canada MIN