Hello Everyone and welcome back to my weekly Revelstoke ride reports, where I promise no bull%#$* and photo proof with every post! I am happy to tell you that winter has indeed arrived in Revelstoke and I am sure that is no secret judging from the amount of loaded sled trucks parked at the hotels.
What we have is an average 185cm snowpack with more on lee (wind loaded) slopes - those being the south and south west aspects this time around. With the deep snowpack comes early avalanche conditions so make sure you are up to date on conditions at avalanche.ca. Namely there are 2 layers of buried surface hoar throughout most areas in Revelstoke in addition to a rain crust in isolated areas. There is another layer of surface hoar currently forming and depending what happens in the next storm, may create our next weak layer. I would not be approaching big terrain with a tonne of confidence just yet.
There is lot's of powder and the snow is great but remember that it is still November and there are still rocks looming close to the surface. The Revelstoke Snowmobile Club has commenced grooming Boulder and Frisbee and they are rideable from the bottom parking lots. Southern parts and the monashees (west side of the lake) is definitely the best conditions right now.
Get trained up - it's going to be a big season and there is no room out there for the naive so go take an avalanche refresher and get out and ride!!!