5 of us headed into Longworth 091219. Snow was crusty under the big cedars. Up high it was nice and powdery. I would say the bulletin for the Cariboos applied to this area as well. We saw isolated pockets of windslab forming on north aspects. Other random amateur observations:
- Winds were gentle from the south.
- Ski pen was 15cm at and above treeline.
- HS is around 2m at treeline. We dug a quick pit on a north aspect slope. There was a crust 150cm down with 10cm of facets on top of it. Snow above that was pretty firm. We did not do any stability tests.
- We skied a south aspect slope at treeline and the snow was hard as hell. Not much fun. But once we got below treeline the snow was good until back in the cedars.
- Ski out along the cattrack was fast and fun with the crusty conditions. There's some blowdown on the trail so maybe the next group can bring a chainsaw with them.
- No avalanche observations.
- Crossed a small north aspect slope at treeline and the snow was crusty and sounded hollow.
Merry Christmas everyone.
Thanks for the obs, can you describe a bit where Longworth is? I am imagining near the McGregors but not sure.
Yes, Longworth is in the McGregors on Bearpaw Ridge. Coordinates are: 53 56'N 121 25'W