AST1 tour Kootenay Boundary: Ymir, 14 hours ago Observation AST1 tour up above hummingbird pass. Confirmed below tree line rating of 1. Fresh 4cm of new snow overnight was light and fluffy. No new signs of avalanche activity. 1 photos 5mile Kootenay Boundary: Ymir, 16 hours ago Observation Easy result on storm snow/wind slab sitting on facets and some surface hoar was found. Hard result on Jan 14 melt freeze crust. CT2 (SP) down 11cm CT24 (SP) down 50cm 3 photos Weekend jaunt to KP Kootenay Boundary: Kootenay Pass, 17 hours ago Observation Toured up cornice ridge with a plan to potentially ski missile ridge if conditions allowed. Conditions did not allow. Heavy set clouds, poor vis steered us to more mellow laps into the south side of buzz ridge. Snow was heavy, wind effected and slabby on the tops of cornice and buzz ridge. 1 photos Saturday February 4th Avalanche Canada, 18 hours ago Forecast Regions: Kootenay Boundary, Moyie, St. Mary, Bonnington, Grohman, Kootenay Pass, Norns, Rossland, South Okanagan, Ymir Friday February 3rd Avalanche Canada, 1 day ago Forecast Regions: Kootenay Boundary, Moyie, St. Mary, Bonnington, Grohman, Kootenay Pass, Norns, Rossland, South Okanagan, Ymir Qua Kutetl Ymir Kootenay Boundary: Ymir, 2 days ago Observation Skied SW off Ymir into Qua, another SW line off Villi, NE from the saddle into Kutetl, then West into Ymir bowl from Ymir col. Deepest driest pow I found is loaded into SW aspects at TL. NE also skiing well, faster wind pressed pow. Frustrating skinning on steep solars (dry pow sliding on crust). 1 photos East peak Kootenay Boundary: Ymir, 2 days ago Observation 1930m N asp on East peak, isolated wind slab immediate lee, cracking 2-3m wide 20-30cm deep. Winds light SW with light blowing snow at ridgetop. Fast facet skiing on low angle trees N asp. Thursday February 2nd Avalanche Canada, 2 days ago Forecast Regions: Kootenay Boundary, Moyie, St. Mary, Bonnington, Grohman, Kootenay Pass, Norns, Rossland, South Okanagan, Ymir Area 51 Conditions Kootenay Boundary: South Okanagan, 2 days ago Observation Wind slab 4-8cm depth found in pockets of Lee loaded terrain Kirkup Kootenay Boundary: Rossland, 3 days ago Observation Very wind hardened snow at the top, wind will keep building cornices. A variety of dusty crusts down through the trees 1 photos Cornice Ridge Kootenay Boundary: Kootenay Pass, 3 days ago Observation Point summary: 2000m elevation (tree line), east aspect, 30 degree slope in open trees. Total snowpack depth 205-225cm. New storm and wind carried snow 5-10cm. ECT(4) 20cm down, planar resistant (no propagation). CT(2) 30cm down, planar resistant. CT(19) 45cm down, planar resistant. Smokers bowl Wind slab release Kootenay Boundary: South Okanagan, 3 days ago Observation Size 1 wind slab release in smokers bowl, rider triggered, no burial or injury Wednesday February 1st Avalanche Canada, 3 days ago Forecast Regions: Kootenay Boundary, Moyie, St. Mary, Bonnington, Grohman, Kootenay Pass, Norns, Rossland, South Okanagan, Ymir Tuesday January 31st Avalanche Canada, 4 days ago Forecast Regions: Kootenay Boundary, Moyie, St. Mary, Bonnington, Kootenay Pass, Norns, Rossland, South Okanagan, Ymir Monday January 30th Avalanche Canada, 5 days ago Forecast Regions: Kootenay Boundary, Moyie, St. Mary, Bonnington, Kootenay Pass, Norns, Rossland, South Okanagan, Ymir Cornice Ridge Kootenay Boundary: Kootenay Pass, 6 days ago Observation Good skiing on north side of Kootenay Pass. Great powder on Cornice Ridge east aspect, Buzz's Ridge SE aspect and SW aspect from Buzz's Ridge to Grover Lake. Missile Ridge SE was wind affected and variable from southerly winds. Surprisingly warm day with cold temps but full sun and almost no wind. East Ridge Kootenay Boundary: South Okanagan, 6 days ago Observation Little slack country mission today. Skied the east ridge outside big white and found some VERY wind affected conditions coming down the ridge. Better inside the bowl but with the winds cross loading most of the area over the past few days we kept things mellow. 2 photos Silver King Ridge Kootenay Boundary: Ymir, 6 days ago Observation 3 laps up to the silver king ridge today. We encountered quite variable conditions - wind slabs, icy crusts under varying amounts of snow and the occasional soft powdery section. We occasionally has small area where windslabs shattered and slid short distances. 2 photos Evening Ridge/Hummingbird Kootenay Boundary: Ymir, 6 days ago Observation Toured up Evening Ridge around the back through Hummingbird Pass. Skied trees and a few mellow openings towards the bottom. Top 200m and bottom 100m were nice and soft, middle could feel the crust more. Sunday January 29th Avalanche Canada, 6 days ago Forecast Regions: Kootenay Boundary, Moyie, St. Mary, Bonnington, Kootenay Pass, Norns, Rossland, South Okanagan, Ymir Grassy Kootenay Boundary: Bonnington, 1 week ago Observation Approx 5cm light fresh snow on top of a hard sun crust from the previous warm days. We observed some wind transporting onto southwest facing slopes. Lots of pinwheels on lower elevation slopes. Saturday January 28th Avalanche Canada, 1 week ago Forecast Regions: Kootenay Boundary, Moyie, St. Mary, Bonnington, Kootenay Pass, Norns, Rossland, South Okanagan, Ymir Friday January 27th Avalanche Canada, 1 week ago Forecast Regions: Kootenay Boundary, Moyie, St. Mary, Bonnington, Kootenay Pass, Norns, Rossland, South Okanagan, Ymir Plewman South Kootenay Boundary: Rossland, 1 week ago Observation Mt Plewman S aspect 2150m Very very warm day yielded bad mush skiing on south aspects. Multiple tests yielded similar results. Failures ~50cm deep with 25 taps. Evidence of strong SW wind effect on the ridge. CT25 ~50cm ECTN ~50cm ECTP7 ~10cm (wind scoured and sun crust) Thursday January 26th Avalanche Canada, 1 week ago Forecast Regions: Kootenay Boundary, Moyie, St. Mary, Bonnington, Kootenay Pass, Norns, Rossland, South Okanagan, Ymir Wednesday January 25th Avalanche Canada, 1 week ago Forecast Regions: Kootenay Boundary, Moyie, St. Mary, Bonnington, Kootenay Pass, Norns, Rossland, South Okanagan, Ymir Pristine Pass Kootenay Boundary: Kootenay Pass, 1 week ago Observation Visibility wasn't the greatest today with fog rolling in and out near trees line. we saw no signs of any recent Avalanche activity. Temperatures remained steady around -7 celsius throughout the day. 20-30cm of dense powder made for fast skiing conditions. Tuesday January 24th Avalanche Canada, 1 week ago Forecast Regions: Kootenay Boundary, Moyie, St. Mary, Bonnington, Kootenay Pass, Norns, Rossland, South Okanagan, Ymir Old Size 2 in Pleuman Basin Kootenay Boundary: Rossland, 1 week ago Observation AST 2 group went to check out the crown of the old avalanche in Pleuman Basin. We suspect it went naturally around January 14 (9 days ago). The crown is mostly filled in, but we estimated that the depth of the slab was 55 cm, likely a PWL layer from early January. 1 photos Monday January 23rd Avalanche Canada, 1 week ago Forecast Regions: Kootenay Boundary, Moyie, St. Mary, Bonnington, Kootenay Pass, Norns, Rossland, South Okanagan, Ymir Camels Hump Kootenay Boundary: Kootenay Pass, 1 week ago Observation Road a couple laps on Camels hump north face. Riding was superb with about 15-20cm of powder. Stability was good, no whumpfing or cracking noted. Observed no avalanche activity on the surrounding peaks. Only complaint was the lack of sun! SS Baldy rocks Kootenay Boundary: Kootenay Pass, 1 week ago Observation Saw no signs of recent avalanche activity. Saw no signs of instability. Riding quality was mostly really good. Did see some sun crust on exposed slope and icy conditions in denser trees at lower part of the run. 1 photos Sunday January 22nd Avalanche Canada, 1 week ago Forecast Regions: Kootenay Boundary, Moyie, St. Mary, Bonnington, Kootenay Pass, Norns, Rossland, South Okanagan, Ymir 6 days at Ymir Kootenay Boundary: Ymir, 2 weeks ago Observation Spent 6 days at Ymir Lodge, flying in January 15th started off forecasting 3-3-2 by day 4, we were forecasting 2-2-2 and skiing most slopes. By day 5, we were skiing 47 degree to 57+ degree slopes avoiding thin to thick. Biggest problems were dry loose problems in the 45+ degree terrain. 2 photos Whitewater back country Kootenay Boundary: Ymir, 2 weeks ago Observation We had nice turns in the whitewater backcountry. Noted widespread surface hoar to 10mm in size between 1600 and 2250 meters. This is getting buried now and may become our next problem. 2 photos Mt Kirkup Kootenay Boundary: Rossland, 2 weeks ago Observation 1990m elevation, south aspect, 15 degree slope snowpack depth (HS) 120cm Three ECTs resulted in variable results: 1/3 propagated down 42cm ECT22(SC) on Jan 05 SH. Deep tap tests resulted in sudden collapse (SC) in the Nov facet/surface hoar layer down 95cm. Saturday January 21st Avalanche Canada, 2 weeks ago Forecast Regions: Kootenay Boundary, Moyie, St. Mary, Bonnington, Kootenay Pass, Norns, Rossland, South Okanagan, Ymir
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