Wheaton Wumpfs, powder, and avalanches
jamesminifie , Wednesday 3rd March, 2021 2:20PM
Found some nice turns in the Wheaton today. The day started cold at -17 in the valley but quickly warmed with sun and inverted air. The snowpack is very sugary in the Wheaton with everything ranging from deep faceted powder to firm windslab on facets. As I tracked up a 35 degree slope, sparsely covered in trees, I had a few good whumpfs that had me seeking lower angle terrain. When I ran out of real estate and had to commit to steeper slopes higher up, I pulled skins and had nice runs. In addition, there was evidence of recent large avalanche cycle to size 2.5 on various wind and sun affected aspects at higher treeline and alpine elevations. Cornices are very well developed in the Wheaton this season.
Snow conditions were: Powder. Weather conditions were: Cold, Sunny, Warm. We rode: Mellow slopes, Open trees. We avoided: Alpine slopes, Steep slopes. Riding quality was good.
Avalache Conditions: Whumpfing or drum-like sounds or shooting cracks.