That image right there defines last weekend at Mount Cain. Clouds drifting up and down the mountain during the day. Snow falling off an on. Wind blowing. Clear nights. There was very little avalanche hazard, so it was a weekend for heading out of bounds and skiing the back country. Dust on crust both days with about 5 cms of new snow by Sunday morning.

There was a band of about 200 m that was worth skiing. Above the slide debris from the last storm that had hardened in the typical freeze thaw cycle of the coastal snow pack. Below the debris that had been ejected off the rock bands at the top of the bowls in the hot sun. 15-20 turns of light powder on top of a smooth, carveable crust.

Freedom on two boards.

 

Andrew