Spring skiing over the Rainbow

Sea to Sky

lauren.beans , Sunday 24th April, 2022 8:55AM

At 14:00 a moist layer of surface graupel/PP was observed up to 2000m topping a ski-supportive crust on W aspects above 1800m; the crust was above 20cm+ of lower density dry snow. Below 1700m the crust gave way to variable thicknesses of moist layers with loose wet activity observed in the afternoon (SZ 1 natural and skiier triggered). Intact cornices were observed at ridgetop, no natural cornice fall activity observed. The skin track out was soft and surfy below 1600m. I rated the skiing as "good" in this MIN because I love me some spring turns, individual perceptions of these conditions may differ.

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

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

Weather

Broken to scattered cloud cover through the day, light winds, warming temps and rising FL