White Pass, Northern BC
The White Pass and Haines Summit areas of northern BC have below average snowpack for March. That said, recent new storm snow (up to 40cm) have improved ski quality greatly and, if forecast storms produce, our prime riding season (late March/April could be quite good.
Yesterday, March 15, I had 3 guests on Mt Clevland (BC/AK border region of White Pass). We found excellent snow conditions on the glacier and just a slight bit of warming and moisture felt as we skied back to the highway. Snow coverage on glaciers is variable this season with probing arrays revealing 50cm-300cm. Blue ice and scouring are visible in places not normally seen. The snowpack at lower ALP elevations is shallow and structurally weak and extra caution is advised when making the moves through large moraine features to gain glaciers above. Whumpfing will be your soundtrack as you transition through these zones. I have been choosing routes that allow me wide birth from these "funky" zones as I gain the higher powder fields above.