Thar Peak - coquihalla conditions - Jan 3, 2011
Changing it up a bit from touring and skiing near the resorts, Sharon, Ewen and I headed out to Thar Peak in the Coquihalla. Unfortunately the artic outflow winds have played havoc with the snowpack and we found wind-slab on all manner of aspects above treeline (particularly the aspects we skied off Thar Peak proper and the Yak-Thar col including the zone heading down to the lake – W, SW, N and NE aspects – basically all aspects – you get the idea).
Unfortunately S and SE aspects are also sun-affected and had solar melt-freeze crust). Regardless snow stability is fine. We managed to salvage the day by lapping a NE facing slope below tree line.
Notes – windslab persistent on many aspects. Temps – 5 to -2. Skies initially overcast then clear. Winds light from the NE. On SE slope at 1800m HS 250m without much in the way of layering to report even up to 150cms down. Minor pinwheeling on solar aspects. Snow quality better on N, NE aspects btl
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Heading up from the High Falls pullout
Thar Peak – 1940m
Ewan dropping off Thar Peak down SE slopes
Sharon – 600m run
Shar making short work of some sun-crust
Ewan and Shar traversing under some cliffbands – needs more snow there to become pillowland
Going for another lap = Coquihalla Mtn in the backdrop
NE slopes yield decent quality snow