York Creek - Crowsnest Pass

South Rockies

southrockies , Wednesday 7th April, 2021 3:25PM

Today we went to the York Creek area of Crowsnest. We had an early start and the access in was still frozen, as we toured up for our first run it was still a solid melt-freeze crust. As we approached the top the strong southwest winds were moving snow around developing soft wind slabs directly lee of the ridge. We avoided these small pockets and decided to ski the southeast-facing slope. The skiing was better than expected as it had softened up just a bit. The second run down the same slope was even softer and getting heavy as we dropped elevation. There were no new avalanches observed in this area just some roller balls and cinnamon buns at lower elevations on steep solar slopes. We left the area by 2:00.

Snow conditions were: Crusty, Heavy. Weather conditions were: Sunny, Warm, Windy. We rode: Alpine slopes, Mellow slopes, Open trees, Sunny slopes. We avoided: Convex slopes. Riding quality was ok.