Ski Conditions

Becoming Spring like

Spearhead/Fitzsimmons Ranges

Ski Conditions

I spent the majority of the last two weeks in the Spearhead and Fitzsimmons Ranges off Whistler and Blackcomb. The snow pack in the region seems to be nicely transitioning into Spring. This change was especially noticeable over the last 3 days. Creeks and lakes at lower tree line and below are showing more water. The Singing Pass Trail is still very skiable but it's icy and forest debris covered from Oboe Creek down. The snow covering the ditches on the road is rapidly melting and exposing creeks.

Higher up cornices are huge and many fell probably last Friday. Due south aspects in upper tree line and higher now have up to half meter of wet grains near the top and a good reforming crust.

There where many recent (since Friday) loose wet natural avalanches to Sz 2.5 on primarily northern exposures 1700m - 2300m. The few slab avalanches we saw where isolated above 2200m on N aspects in 40 degree or steeper terrain. All looked like recent windslabs and had limited propagation. To Sz 1.5.

Over the last three days I dug pits at 1800m, 2300m and 2500m all on WN aspects and got mod/hard resistant planner or very irregular fractures during compression tests. No results in extended column tests. The two upper pitts had 30-50cm windslabs. The lowest pit only had an ice crust where the March 23 surface hoar previously could be found.

Crevasses are still well bridged and not too saggy. There is a notable big new slot just under the exposed traverse line under Overlord Mountains Pk. It is just below (like 10m) the ski line at 2480m. First time in 34 years I've seen one here.

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