Skiing Downing Mountain Jan 3-4

January 4, 2010 at 23:46 | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Despite the low snow, folks have been getting up to the high country on Downing Mountain and elsewhere meanwhile earning their turns and grins. With little more than a meter of settled snow on the runs it is a bit spicy out there and the runout is a challenge at Little Downing. It was all skiing today for 5000 vertical and that was great; out with good friends doing what we love in a beautiful setting with wild snow.

Heading for the summit

Will Moss and James Pyke cutting a cornice

Hiking to the Crown

Skiing was good, but we need more snow...

Our pit showed all that has been discussed in the west central avy forecast. About 40 cm of improving depth hoar, with two 30-40 cm slabs on top with weaknesses between the three distinct layers. No whumpfing or cracking due to strength in the overlying slabs. With more snow the danger on open slopes will magnify again. Be careful out there, early season conditions are persisting longer than even an el NoneO year would have us anticipate. With snow in the forecast tonight the situation may continue to improve….glad to be skiing the BC again!

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