Channel Ridge

South Coast Inland

johngrahamkelly , Saturday 6th February, 2021 8:20AM

Easy travel up the spurs, cut blocks and up the drainage to 1700m. Hand shear test @1650m 20cm soft slab, moderate release. 30cm ski pen, light, dry. Ascended Channel Ridge from the south approach and was very saturated by the sun at 1950m. Dry, blower quickly turned to pinwheels and heavy, sluggish trail breaking while still maintaining 30cm ski pen with much less efficiency. Reached south end of ridge 1:00pm @ 2100m, +1c thermometer reading. Descended an open west aspect bowl down to 1850m into a drainage 1.2km north of our ascent route. Profile at 2060m, 1:20pm NW 32 degrees ECTP1 16cm down WD on SH

Snow conditions were: Heavy, Deep powder, Wind affected, Powder. Weather conditions were: Warm. We rode: Alpine slopes, Mellow slopes, Dense trees, Open trees. We avoided: Steep slopes, Sunny slopes, Convex slopes. Riding quality was amazing.

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

Source: Avalanche Canada MIN