Busting out the Sled

Our intention is get out of Rossland on a ski touring adventure every week. However until recently snow and stability haven’t been conducive to heading into the bigger mountains. Finally its all come together and yesterday we sledded into Milton Creek to check out conditions. There’s plenty of snow, between 125 and 200 cm in our probing, and clearly more than we were seeing this time last year. The temperature crust was present at all elevations, but had broken down somewhat with the recent colder temps, and with a thick layer of hoar frost on top it skied like boot deep consolidated powder. Stability must have been atrocious during the last warming cycle, as we observed widespread substantial releases on moderate terrain. Fortunately everything seemed pretty stable, and we skied a couple of big open lines.

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