Monday, November 13, 2006

Wall Lake

Brett and i skied into Wall Lake yesterday. There was close to 40 cm of new snow at the gates on the parkway and Bennett Pass had 70 cm of fresh snow. It made for brutal trail breaking. The snow was pure powder up to about 1900m where i noticed a 5-10 cm soft wind slab developing. The south wind was snortin' over Akimina Ridge so that whole aspect from Wall Lake to the top end of Bennett Pass is loaded and ready to go. We watched one big avalance spill over the rock cliffs at the upper couloirs and another one break loose directly above Midnite Madness but surprisingly, that one stopped before it dumped onto the ice. That being said, the ice survived last week's warm spell and is climbable but again it needs another couple of weeks of cold weather to fill in to be decent climbing and that whole aspect needs to slide to be safe.


At 11/14/2006 05:59:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

We went snowshoeing just up to Akamina Pass in the morning. Pretty tough trail breaking. I guess our tracks got filled in by all the snow that was getting blown around. 

Posted by John

At 11/15/2006 10:33:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

what was the base like, if any.....? 

Posted by scott

At 11/15/2006 10:49:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

We just stayed on the main trail, so I can't really say how conditions are on the slopes. However, I would say we had to break trail through a good foot of snow on the trail. Probably more. 

Posted by John

At 11/15/2006 08:04:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is no base to speak of. It's just a big dump of early season snow that needs time to settle. The worst trail breaking was from the lake up to Bennett Pass. Any underbrush you went over quickly collapsed under our weight and got a little frustrating at times. 

Posted by Blair Piggot

At 11/16/2006 01:53:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey, if anyone needs a partner for some skiing or ice climbing let me know, i'm itching to get out and make some turns....... Cheers. 

Posted by scott harms


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