Sea to Sky

vincent.c.t.hanlon , Sunday 24th April, 2022 9:40AM

We saw wet loose avalanche debris on all aspects between ~1200-1800 m. Lots of it looked old (melted or covered with new snow) but some was new. Lots of pinwheeling too. There was a strong melt-freeze crust below 1300 m or so, but above that there was some breakable crust and very wet heavy snow--bad trailbreaking and skiing. Not proper spring conditions yet. At 2000 m on a SW aspect I dug a hand pit and found a heavy wet 25 cm slab with a planar interface that moved with a bit of pressure ("medium-difficult") is what I told myself). Cornices were immense, and we noticed them on E through NW aspects.

Snow conditions were: Crusty, Hard, Heavy, Powder, Wet. Weather conditions were: Cloudy, Warm. We rode: Alpine slopes, Convex slopes, Mellow slopes, Open trees, Steep slopes, Sunny slopes. Riding quality was terrible.

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