Haines Pass - 33 Mile
Driving through Haines Pass we saw evidence of a recent widespread natural avalanche cycle up to size 2. Most of the activity observed was confined to midslope cross-loaded loaded features lee to south winds and in steep gulleys. More recent outlfow winds had had resulted in widespread wind effect in exposed terrain.
South of the boarder, we found preserved powder and decent skiing at and below treeline around 33 Mile. A generally right side up upper snowpack was sitting above a layer of facets down 120-140cm that repeated failed (sudden colapse) under moderate loads in compression tests. Uncertainty about the distribution of this week layer kept us to lower angle terrain.