(Last Updated On: March 16, 2010)
After some small storms accompanied by strong winds, conditions in the backcountry had somewhat taken a turn for the worse late last week. Still, Luke, Jeremy, Josh and myself were still hopeful that we could find some sheltered snow. We headed up the slate river and began a short bootpack up a ridge from the snowmobiles. Sure enough, the wind had created a slab that we triggered off the ridge, breaking right at our feet.
Since we were on a ridge, we weren’t in any immediate danger, although we quickly scrapped any plans of continuing any higher. We headed over to some South facing terrain and yet another small SE facing slab ripped out. In the first hour, we’d already triggered more slides than I’ve triggered in the last 10 years. Time to find another area, so we switched to lower East facing terrain, which was skiing pretty well. Luke: