North Rockies, British Columbia / Alberta

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Friday January 22nd Avalanche Canada, 17 hours ago Forecast Post windstorm 2 days ago Observation A trip in the Perry Creek drainage to see what yesterday's extreme wind did to the snow. The alpine is very hammered, as expected. But, sheltered trees had really good snow. There was ~10 cm that fell and got blown in yesterday on top of firm windblown stable snow. 2 photos Wednesday January 20th Avalanche Canada, 2 days ago Forecast Big Reset? 3 days ago Observation Storming crazy hard in Spieker today, with gusts over 80 km/hr and visibly sometimes below 10 meters. Not much of the snow managed to stick around but what did was forming pretty touchy thin slabs in the mellow areas we rode. 2 photos Snowing Sideways 3 days ago Observation Observed some horizontal snowfall up at Bijoux today which grew the cornices out there to the point of precariousness, and loaded up north and east facing slopes near ridgetops with deep and reactive wind slabs. 2 photos Industrial Powder 4 days ago Observation Got some great turns in today in 30cm of soft dry powder with the sound of feller bunchers cutting trees in the background. There's a reactive layer of preserved stellar snowflakes down 25cm that produced results in our snowpack tests (CTM 12 SC). 4 photos Monday January 18th Avalanche Canada, 4 days ago Forecast Farm Trail 5 days ago Observation Warm and wet day at the Farm. Around 0-2 degrees all day, mix of rain and wet snow. Saw several small (size 0.5) natural slides on steep slopes throughout the trees. Hand shear test pulled off a slab of the new storm snow with almost no effort. 4 photos Farm summer trail 5 days ago Observation Natural slide activity of recent storm snow on lots of steep pitches. 3 photos Slow Goin 5 days ago Observation Very wet, heavy snow from valley bottom to around 1100m made for a grind setting a track. Snow quality increased above 1100m. About 35cm fresh snow, and was snowing heavily from when we started out around 08:00 and started to lighten up around 13:30. 2 photos Snow Dance Success 5 days ago Observation Warm and wet at valley bottom on the Clearwater. Snowing steadily all day but warm, freezing level was somewhere above valley bottom. Looks like 10-15 cm new snow from the last few days but it’s wet and has some crusts in it at 850 m elevation. 1 photos Saturday January 16th Avalanche Canada, 6 days ago Forecast Timber Wolf 1 week ago Observation Highlight of the day was seeing a black wolf behind Mt.Renshaw! (Sadly no photo). Riding quality was best in sheltered areas as the recent winds had created quite a stiff slab in open and exposed areas that wasn't as fun to ride. 5 photos Friday January 15th Avalanche Canada, 1 week ago Forecast One Hundred & One Kickturns 1 week ago Observation Skiing in the Holmes today we found that last night’s 15cm had fallen on a layer of smaller surface hoar. We saw signs of a couple recent storm snow avalanches that had failed on this layer. We also found December’s surface hoar preserved down 60-100cm. 3 photos Wednesday January 13th Avalanche Canada, 1 week ago Forecast Core Lodge area 1 week ago Observation Quick pit in NW facing glade at 1600 m elevation. Hs 120 cm, variable. Density change at 35 cm down, couldn't see any surface hoar. Dirty layer with spruce needles at 75 down, probably the Dec 7 layer. Monday January 11th Avalanche Canada, 1 week ago Forecast Better than expected! 1 week ago Observation Wind couldn’t find us or our snow in the lee slope trees of Calazon today. We stuck to sheltered slopes on NE aspects below treeline, and found very good snow in the cut blocks. Didn’t see any signs of instability all day, although we couldn’t see much alpine due to cloud cover. 3 photos If Stiff Wind Slab is Your Thing 1 week ago Observation If riding hardslabs and travelling far and wide is your jam, then the alpine and treeline at Torpy have the perfect conditions for you! If you prefer some softer powder stick to the trees. 4 photos Bijoux Falls 1 week ago Observation Bijoux Falls BTL -TL AST 1 Sled S.A.C. ECTP 22 down 40 on (V) size 3.0 mm SP CTM 19 down 40 on (V) size 3.0 mm SP Fun Times Up the Beaver 1 week ago Observation Riding was firm but fun today, our tracks were only cutting about 5-10cm into the wind pressed snow and travelling was easy. Winds were strong from the southwest but no longer moving much snow around. 5 photos Torpy area 1 week ago Observation Quick test profile at around 1450-1500m in an open area just at treeline on a north asp. Compression test produced moderate 14 down 20 on SH x 2. Hard 27 on PWL down 95cm x1. Deep tap test on the same layer produced a hard 4. We avoided the windslab up top and had a beauty ski down! 3 photos Darby 1 week ago Observation Avalanche observation by Dan Floria, seen near North Rockies, reported on Sat 9th Jan, 2021 4:00PM 1 photos Saturday January 9th Avalanche Canada, 1 week ago Forecast Sticks and Stones and Windslabs all Over 2 weeks ago Observation There were signs of recent avalanches in the Bullmoose area today - on the drive in we saw a few large ones from the road: all on steep N-E alpine faces. We noticed new surface hoar growing below treeline in sheltered spots but not at the treeline or higher. 6 photos Friday January 8th Avalanche Canada, 2 weeks ago Forecast

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