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South Rockies

southrockies , Thursday 1st April, 2021 4:50PM

With rising freezing levels and sun in the forecast today we wanted to check out how the snow was reacting to this new heat. We toured up a ridge feature so we could assess both south and north-facing slopes. As we toured up the south-facing slopes were getting moist and snow was sticking to our skins. We did a few tests on the way up and found the snow (or should I say mashed potatoes!!) was sticking to the old melt-freeze crust. On the north-facing slope we checked out the wind effect to determine the distribution and found that there was only isolated wind slab at the ridge crest. We avoided a convex roll at the top of the slope and enjoyed 20 - 25 cm of soft snow that got progressively heavier as we dropped elevation. We saw very little avalanche activity, mostly small wet loose out of steep, south-facing slopes later in the day. Cornices continue to grow with upper elevation winds today.

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