Rockies Conditions 16-Mar-17
Rockies Conditions 16-Mar-17 aka The Stern Talk
I’m not going to tell you what to do because I’m not your mum but just have a think about what you want to do this weekend.
Kananaskis ain’t looking any better.
There's a big cycle happening right meow. The 93N is closed until Sundayish so scrap any plans for up that way. Many slides are running historic full paths. Be aware of when you’re in avalanche terrain and avoid even the most extreme runouts. Popular XC tracks such as the Lake O’hara access road have had slides run across them. Tent ridge in K-country ran full path last week and destroyed some old growth. The powder cloud from a slide that ran on Fairview almost reached a party climbing Louise Falls. Anyone skiing across the lake would have probably had a bad time.
I’m just trying to stress to everyone thinking about heading out this weekend to be absolutely sure that you’re travelling through the terrain safely. That meadow skip you had planned sounds like a smart option, but perhaps the approach crosses some slide paths. Maybe that XC trip you decided on instead is wise, but keep in mind that you’re going to want to be deep in the old growth to stay safe.
Remember that simple terrain, by definition, MAY involve runout zones of infrequent avalanches. Those infrequent avalanches are probably happening this weekend (e.g. Lake O’Hara approach, Lake Louise shore). If you’ve got any doubts about your skills and judgement, hit the resorts. They got a lot of snow.
Update: Looks like the 93S is closed due to avalanche risk as well. Yeesh.