Powder hunting after windageddon
Skied a little visited area well north of windy White Pass pass today. We found wind sifted powder on sheltered ALP and upper TL features. The snowpack in this area is quite shallow and weak as was evident by numerous loud whumpfs and settlements in weak sugary crystals at the base of the snowpack. We used cautious route finding and careful slope selection to avoid initiating an avalanche on this weakness. Additionally, we found freshly deposited wind slab in steeper ALP features near ridge crests. Though a higher level of alertness and assessment was required to safely navigate this area, the riding was great.
Snow conditions were: Wind affected, Powder. Weather conditions were: Cold. We rode: Alpine slopes, Open trees. We avoided: Steep slopes. Riding quality was good.
Avalache Conditions: Whumpfing or drum-like sounds or shooting cracks.
Source: Avalanche Canada MIN