Wapta Traverse conditions
The Wapta Traverse looks to be getting some snow - read the full trip report below from the Public Mountain Conditions Report:
Finished 6 days on the Wapta with an ACC group
A bit more to add to some of the other recent reports
Up to Peyto on the 10th. Generally good travel conditions, no new activity observed.
The 11th was pretty much windy and whiteout conditions keeping us around the hut doing skills stuff.
Clearing on the 12th, nice day heading to Bow. Noted small size 1 slab on Trappeur Peak's SE face. Climbed Mt Rhonda in good conditions. Very good coverage on glacier and Rhonda ridge.
Some areas were not affected by wind but the glacier leading to Yoho had significant wind affect. Parties on Gordon reported good snow on North side with no wind affect on April 12th.
The photo's attached show 2 avalanches both on April 12th. The one natural slide on the Bow access headwall was reported to have come out early morning. A party on Mt Olive purposely cut a piece of cornice off the ridge crest triggering a size 2-2.5 slab on the east face of Mt Olive. The crown was about 90cm.
Travelled to Balfour hut on the 13th in good conditions. Not much wind affect on Vulture glacier.
April 14th brought about 15-20cm of snow to Balfour pass with strong westerly winds all day. Large whales of snow and drifts in the Balfour pass area.
Significant wind transport was noted and the east face of Balfour was certainly getting loaded.
Though we did not note any new avalanche activity, we decided not to traverse to the Scott Duncan hut due to the recent loading and the increased hazard you are subjected to on the route.
I would want a few days to let things settle down. East aspects seem to be of concern in the Wapta area. (Reports earlier last week also mentioned this trend on east aspects in the Wapta)
Heading back out Bow on the 15th was good with little wind affect on the Vulture glacier. The crown on the April 12th Mt Olive slide was already filling in. The area above Bow hut was wind pressed with the last 800 feet above Bow hut being good skiing. The canyon below Bow Hut had about 10cm of new snow, still dry, sitting on a good but breakable crust. The sun was starting to do it's thing on the solar aspects by mid day.
The propane stove at Scott Duncan is still not working though the ACC has been trying hard to get some one in there to fix it. Best bring some white gas for the coleman stove until you find out otherwise from the alpine club.
Overall temperatures were below average with lows in the -17 to -8 range most of the week. Day time highs rarely got above freezing.
It is certainly still winter up there with winter avalanche hazards.