Duffey Lake Road
Busy day up at Steep Creek today with -4, light sporadic snow and light variable winds.
20cm of coastal powder sits on the crust from the latest storm above 1900m. Good skiing down to 1800m where the crust now mostly supports the weight of a skier down to 1200m. We had limited alpine observations, but there appeared to be little wind effect.
We dug a test pit on a north aspect at 1990m with a snowpack depth of 300cm. No test results from within the storm snow. We found the February 3 surface hoar down 97cm and the January 16 surface hoar down 150cm which both produced hard sudden planar test results.
Evidence of a storm cycle to size 2.5, otherwise no new avalanches observed.
Cornices have grown significantly and could be the large trigger to initiate the surface hoar layers.
Play safe out there