Lizard Range and Flathead
fahie.j.l , Saturday 9th January, 2021 10:00PM
A start in the dark to battle through a bunch of crust and alders on steep slopes led us to the goods and we were rewarded with quieter ridges and fun powder! It was an icy start at ~1000m with the snow getting lighter the higher we went. By around 1300m the snow had a fluffier consistency to the top layer, leaving behind what looked like a melt-freeze crust, and by 1800 the snow was well consolidated powder snow. We were glad of our ridge choice as ridge 2000 looked a lot like the touristy Everest photo... large groups, riding across skin tracks and a wait to have your turn! Lots of great turns to be had of you a look a little further. Not sure we’d recommend The Gorby Pinball machine on the way down... not for the feint hearted but extra style points if you make it across the bridge!!!
Snow conditions were: Powder. Weather conditions were: Cold, Cloudy. We rode: Convex slopes, Steep slopes, Open trees. Riding quality was good.
Source: Avalanche Canada MIN