Posts ByJulie-Ann Chapman, Author at Mountain Sledder
Yup spring has arrived! We are losing snow pretty quickly in the valley now, but the alpine conditions around the coast are still killer. Freezing levels are rising but it’s been staying cool above 1600m the past couple of days and will continue to sit around that level.
Same ol’ good exploring snow with not much changed in conditions since last week. But wait, we have some snow on the way! RESET! 45-55cm in the next 5 days with Thursday and Friday being the heavy snowfall days.
There have been some traces of new snow in the higher alpine last weekend, but we now going in to a clear, high pressure cold system until the end of the week.There is still good snow to be found deep and far in the backcountry, but it is getting settled fast.
The calm after the storm… That was quite the week we just had, with insanely deep snow and touchy avalanche conditions. Now that the storm has passed and the snow is settling, the sun is gracing us with its presence! Yay! But with that sun, we are lured high into the alpine and tempted to ride big terrain… but, I would still stay cautious.
As far as the snowpack goes, 30cm of new wet snow fell on a variety of different unstable surfaces (melt freeze crust, sun affected slopes, wind slabs, etc). That combined with a spike in temperature = danger. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a ton of natural avalanches—hopefully no human triggered ones—in the next day or so out there.
That arctic flow, she’s flowing heavy and cooooooold again! The latest dump brought Pemberton more snow than Whistler on Monday. Pemby received around 30cm while Whistler only got about 15cm. That wind, she’s still howling in the alpine! Get in those protected areas in the trees to find the goods! The …