Mt. Landale South Side
Overall long day in the hills seeking turns in unlikely places. Skis on at 750m elevation. Fresh snow at 900m and up. Reached 1520m but stopped due to late hour and very poor visibility and known steep slopes nearby. Opportunity for good riding with experience in the area. Difficult access.
Snow conditions were: Heavy, Powder, Wet. Weather conditions were: Cloudy, Foggy, Warm, Wet. We rode: Dense trees, Mellow slopes. We avoided: Steep slopes. Riding quality was good.
Avalache Conditions: 30cm + of new snow, or significant drifitng, or rain in the last 48 hours. Rapid temperature rise to near zero degrees or wet surface snow.
Heavy new snow over a wet, crusty older surface. No cohesiveness in the new snow and no apparent wind alteration. Bond between new and old snow not yet firm, but ski cut on steep rolls triggered point release if anything. Lots of pinwheeling on steep slopes and globbing skins. We avoided leeward aspects and steep terrain so cannot comment on snowpack there.
Overcast to fog to minor sunbreaks and back. Warming throughout the day. Snow remained on trees, but a few bombs beginning to occur.