February 2019

Post snow pack observations - snowpits, avalanche activity, signs of instability.
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February 2019

Postby DWhite411 » February 10th, 2019, 1:20 pm

Well the first week of February delivered in a way we haven't seen in a couple years. Heavy snow, manageable winds, good temps, and bluebird days to follow the storm.
A ski partner and myself headed out on Feb. 8th, roughly two days after accumulating snowfall had ended. We were weary of at least one red flag starting our tour: A large-scale avalanche on the predominantly East facing aspect of Snowslide Canyon, crowning around 12,000 ft elevation.
With that in mind, our main objective was a smaller ESE facing aspect in the cirque with more terrain anchors and a cleaner runout than Snowslide canyon.
We were ready to turn around at the first sign of instability.
We found 170cm of snow at 12,100 ft on a 35-40 degree slope.
Snow pits showed a largely right-side up snowpack, going from soft on top to hard underneath.
An extended column test produced virtually no results down to 100cm below the snow surface.
I believe 10 lines were skied on similar aspects that day, with no signs of propagation or natural avalanches.
It was an amazing day.

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Re: February 2019

Postby splitboarder » February 10th, 2019, 11:13 pm

Thanks for sharing. Glad you had stable snow and an awesome day. Our BC community is stronger when we share our stories, fortunes or misfortunes.
That day we went out late to check the big avalanche in snowslide canyon. Saw the cirque lines, and it looked like all time conditions. As far as runouts go on the Kachina Peaks, the cirque has most of the more forgiving lines.

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Re: February 2019

Postby amos68 » February 11th, 2019, 10:36 am

Did you take any pictures of the avalanche? If so, could you post them?

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