Glacier National Park
white.sydney , Monday 18th November, 2019 7:30PM
Upside down storm snow at balu pass, with variable wind affected surfaces in the open. In the valley below balu pass there is a surface temperature crust. The combination made for awkward skiing.
Snow conditions were: Crusty, Wind affected. Weather conditions were: Warm, Foggy. Riding quality was terrible.
Avalache Conditions: 30cm + of new snow, or significant drifitng, or rain in the last 48 hours. Slab avalanches today or yesterday.
We came across a party of 4 with a single person involvement, with no injury but who had lost all his gear (skiis and poles). They were skiing somewhere above balu pass towards the 8812 peak and into the 8812 bowl, and the gentleman without gear walked down 8812 bowl. They described it as a size 1.5-2 avalanche that failed about 90cm down. We couldnt see the debris, and did not observe it occurring from our point on balu pass. We chatted with them at the base of the 8812 bowl.
Source: Avalanche Canada MIN