ACMG Mountain Conditions Report Summary for the Coastal MountainsCool and unsettled weather continues to linger over the South Coast. Generally light precip amounts, which has been falling in the form of snow on the higher peaks.
Numerous breaks in the weather last week enabled some trips into alpine areas. In the Joffre area, the conditions varied from punching through rotten snow around treeline to good steps in fresh dry snow on higher elevations
Early morning crusts would last into mid morning at low elevations and all day on higher N aspects. The skiing is good as well, smooth surfaces and glaciers are nicely filled in.
CENTRAL AND NORTH COAST;
These areas have been a drier than the South Coast areas. The high elevation areas and the glaciated terrain is slow to transform into summer. The glaciers have good coverage left over from winter.
The weather will dictate the mountain conditions this weekend. Although the continuing cool and damp weather is preserving the snow higher up, the sun is very powerful when it comes out. The sun would contribute to triggering rock falls, wet avalanches, glide crack avalanches, cornice falls and weaken the bridges over crevasses.
The daylight hours are about as long as they get, If there is a clear night then the early morning traveling conditions will be as good as they can get too!
Good thing is with all the cool weather the mosquitoes aren't out. Maybe it's be a good time for rock climbing on the dry side of the range,.. Pavilion, Copper mountain, (Terrace), Bella Coola Valley, or the old standby's Washington Pass, Leavenworth, Penticton.
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