Crowfoot Glades

Banff Yoho & Kootenay National Park

Chris Macdonald , Friday 6th March, 2020 8:10PM

we were riding crowfoot glades at treeline, in a low risk terrain area as all debris was flowing down another path opposite side to the ridge witnessed around 8 size 1 to 3's heard quite a lot in the distance from crowfoot mountain/glacier this was my first backcountry experience having done my ast 1, went with experienced people. awesome powder dug a pit on same slope angle as we were riding. only partial cracks on top layers. started walking around 7. first lap in out of two done by maybe 9:30. back at the car for 12:30 were signs of wind loading, (cornices and wind slabs) but was no wind as we were there. was snowing moderate, light after 9am amazing conditions. thanks guys this is my first report visibility was really flat as crossing the lake we spread out as there was some water seeping through.

Snow conditions were: Deep powder. Weather conditions were: Foggy, Cloudy. We rode: Mellow slopes, Dense trees, Open trees. We avoided: Alpine slopes, Steep slopes. Riding quality was amazing.

Avalache Conditions: Slab avalanches today or yesterday.

Source: Avalanche Canada MIN