Panorama backcountry, near Goldie lake

Purcells

strongian42 , Saturday 2nd January, 2021 5:05PM

Snow conditions were: Heavy, Wind affected, Powder. Weather conditions were: Windy, Cloudy. We rode: Mellow slopes, Dense trees. We avoided: Alpine slopes, Steep slopes, Convex slopes, Open trees. Riding quality was ok.

Avalache Conditions: Slab avalanches today or yesterday. Whumpfing or drum-like sounds or shooting cracks.

Snowpack

Quite wind loaded on top with small (1-2mm) moderately faceted crystals. Very faceted large (3+mm) crystals at fail level and to the base. Failed where suspected surface hoar level was. Rain crust at 75cm down I’m guessing that’s the early December rain crust. 30 hits to fail with a heavy block sliding off. All the snow from the recent storms have made a nice layer to ski on but sketchy once you look below it

Source: Avalanche Canada MIN