28-January-2016: La Niña Ride Report

It has been a great week of snow here, we somehow have lucked out with the freezing levels so far and the snow up top is still fluffy (for the most part). It got pretty tracked out in the main riding areas over the weekend, as it usually does but we are getting some fresh as we speak and it looks like it should be a nice dusting in time for the weekend. It's tough to say what the freezing levels are going to do today but the forecast is for 1800m and my fingers are crossed that they are wrong. It was around 1100m yesterday afternoon and hoping they remain there. With the new snow comes increase avalanche conditions, there are several buried weak layers to be watchful of - namely, buried surface hoar, crusts and facets. The best thing to do is make sure you are reading the bulletin to get the info for your riding area of choice and ask around and see what others are seeing. It should be a fun weekend as the sun is going to shine a little bit and as long as you make good terrain decisions, all things are lining up for some good riding.

Never a bad idea to take the time to dig a pit and see what is actually happening under there. I found these large facets down 85cm on a failure while doing a compression test. 

Never a bad idea to take the time to dig a pit and see what is actually happening under there. I found these large facets down 85cm on a failure while doing a compression test.