Conditions Report: Coast Jan 31, 2017 | Mountain Sledder
Julie-Ann Chapman | On 31, Jan 2017
Dale Martin photo. Jan 29, 2017.
Conditions have been pretty neutral the past week in the area.
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.
As far as the snowpack goes, it snowed a bit over the weekend (about 10cm), but it was also pretty windy. This new snow is lying on a sun-affected crust. With the wind slabs and unsteady top layer, I would tread lightly on wind affected slopes and sun exposed slopes during the upcoming high pressure.Test smaller slopes on the same aspect you plan on riding if you are tempted.
Always make sure to always check the avalanche reports on avalanche.ca before heading out into the backcountry. Please feel free to write your own report of what you have found and observed out there in the Mountain Information Network (MIN) on their page! This is a great tool to read about what’s been going on in the backcountry.
Reality check: Get out there and enjoy the sun!
Brohm Squamish – Seeing as I do not head to Brohm to ride very often, Brody Fourchalk will be helping me out with the report for this location through out the season. Parking is at around 4km from the highway turnoff now. It can be tricky parking alongside the road, so please have proper winter tires and be confident driving in ice and snow. The Black Tusk Club has now started charging for trail fees, help support the club! Grooming is underway.
Brandywine Whistler – People are parking at the bottom. Grooming and trail fee collection is underway. However, it’s still creek-y in the bowl! Those creeks will munch you whole, so watch out! The new road to access Chocolate Bowl is open.
Rutherford Pemberton Ice Cap – The the snowcat is grooming the trail to the cabin every Tuesday and Friday evenings. The Pemberton Valley Snowmobile Club is now collecting fees.
The moulin (which claimed a life last season) is wide open just past Appa Lake (before gas drop) and is not roped off. It is right in the middle of the path where people travel. The ground dips down quite a bit before the actual hole, but if you are mock-chickening it there will be no stopping before. The Pemberton Ice Cap is like Swiss cheese, there are MANY moulins and crevasses open and are constantly changing, ESPECIALLY this early in the season. If you are a smart backcountry & glacier traveler then you are aware that these holes are expected and are actually everywhere! Always look in front and travel with caution.
The backcountry is a dangerous place and people shouldn’t expect for things to be marked off like at resorts. Everyone is responsible for his or her own actions back there. Take a crevasse rescue course, be prepared, and ride with people that know the area.
Hurley FSR Pemberton – Parking is at the bottom of the Hurley. The Pemberton Valley Snowmobile Club will be starting to groom the Hurley in the next couple of weeks. Please purchase your membership to support the Club, or pay the $20 fee at the trailhead. Heads up, a HUGE boulder has slid onto the road at about 34km. Backcounrty Snowcats has marked it off with red fence for safety! Thank you! Heads up as well, their season for cat-skiing has started, so please respect their zone and don’t go sledding there.
Now is a good time buy your local snowmobile club membership! The Pemberton Valley Snowmobile club will be doing weekly draws for everyone signed up for their season’s pass membership and is offering a discount for premium gas at AC Gas! Contest ends last week of January.