Springy Beadnell

AvCan Vancouver Island

Headed up to the top of Beadnell for a look at today's wet loose reactivity and a peek at the surrounding alpine. Not much luck with the latter, with what seemed like the only cloud on Vancouver Island parked right on us, but we did see widespread pinwheels, some collapsed cornice, and a few wet loose releases that were a bit more than size 1. These all appeared to have run during the recent rain and we did not observe any new natural activity. As for today's wet loose problem, it seemed most reactive on very steep solar slopes at lower elevations. Ski cuts would produce quite giant pinwheels and occasionally small, less than size 1 releases, all confined to the top 3-7 cm of wet snow sitting on the crust. This snow at treeline and above was less reactive, likely due to slightly cooler temperatures and wind. We would tread carefully around long, steep solar slopes at higher elevations if the same or wetter surface conditions are in play with forecast warming.

Snow conditions were: Heavy, Wet. Weather conditions were: Cloudy, Sunny, Warm. We rode: Alpine slopes, Convex slopes, Mellow slopes, Open trees, Steep slopes, Sunny slopes. Riding quality was ok.

Avalache Conditions: Rapid temperature rise to near zero degrees or wet surface snow.