Avalanche Conditions

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Avalanche Conditions

We approached from the Taiya N glacier to ski the south face. Exposed terrain has been affected by outflow winds making for fast travel. We found stiff but unreactive wind slabs in the immediate lea of the ridge and saw evidence of previous (24-48hrs) avalanche activity in complex cross-loaded terrain on the south aspects. Settled storm snow in sheltered south-facing terrain is starting to facet and skied really well.

Of note was an impressive cornice triggered size 3.5 (>2m deep, 400m wide, ran over 1000m) that released out of unsupported steep glaciated terrain of the north face of Taiya that likely ran on the 18th or 19th - a good reminder that monsters still lurk in the depths.

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