Hollyburn wet & heavy

mikfriesen

25+ cm of fresh snow on Hollyburn. Very cohesive; snow would crack into chunks as we skinned uphill. A couple slabby pieces of snow slid below our skin track (pictured). Triggered a sz 0 slab avalanche on a tiny steep test slope/roll, below treeline around 1200m. Slab was about 15 cm thick. No picture. We got soaked - slush falling at the parking lot, dense snow at 1300m.

Snow conditions were: Heavy, Wet. Weather conditions were: Foggy, Stormy, Wet. We rode: Dense trees, Mellow slopes. We avoided: Steep slopes. Riding quality was ok.

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