Ogden in Novembruary
LittleRaven , Monday 22nd November, 2021 8:00AM
Had a redemption lap at Ogden after terrible skiing in k-country on Friday. January conditions in November seems to suggests k-country sucks, but I’ve had many a beautiful January day in Kananaskis. Ogden delivered beautiful deep snow - a pit dug around 2150-2200 was probed at 155cm - a mellow slope but beautiful nonetheless! Pit reacted about 60cm down after 7 hard shoulder whacks. Felt safe enough for us! The sun never shone so the light was quite flat. We experienced flurries to 1cm/hr snow all day. There was near constant dry loose avalanche off the face of Ogden; nothing below was triggered. We also observed an old slab avalanche from a day or two prior; small and triggered right against the Ogden wall. Avy paths made for tight but fun skiing on the descent back to the lake. Lost a BCA two way radio on the ski out so if anyone finds it please call or text 403-809-6205 OR enjoy making use of the radio (the former is preferred!) Some areas definitely wind scoured - the lake may be crossable but we didn’t attempt it today.
Snow conditions were: Deep powder. Weather conditions were: Cloudy, Warm, Wet. We rode: Alpine slopes, Dense trees, Mellow slopes. We avoided: Steep slopes. Riding quality was good.
Avalache Conditions: Slab avalanches today or yesterday. 30cm + of new snow, or significant drifitng, or rain in the last 48 hours.
Dug a pit on a relatively mild slope, representative of what we were skiing. Had to whack hard 7 times to get a reaction, the layer that failed seemed unremarkable.
Very poor vis today. Snow remained relatively constant from flurries to about 1cm/hr. Maybe slightly more for short periods. New snow seemed to be bountiful in most areas, but some windswept areas also.
Observed evidence of one small slab avalanche that appeared to be storm slab and let go from hugging the base of Ogden’s big wall. Observed several loose dry avalanche raining down the face of Ogden. 2-3 reasonably large but did not trigger anything below.