Ivan in the Back Country

Jan 10th, 2020

Dec 11th

Went most of way up Healy yesterday; turned off and skied trees. Then Healy luge run out.

Snow good from trailhead to treeline. We looked at but didn’t go into open areas.

Dec 5th – General comment

Another nice snowfall on Dec 4th; but again with high winds. With winds and flat light was not going out into Sunshine meadows. Snow conditions and snow pit results are highly variable.

Windswept areas have snow depth in 40 – 50 cm. In sheltered areas and low spots this can be up to 80 cm deep. Guessing everyone chasing such sites and they are quickly skied out.

There seems to be a sweet spot between windswept level down to 1,850 m elevation. Below 1,850 m the snow is too thin. Had a little rain in Banff valley bottom on Dec 4th.

Dec 2nd

New ACC hut at Jacques Lake in Jasper. Here is the link.

Nov 25th

Had cancellation in schedule so decided to downhill at Sunshine; they had 20 cm snow on weekend.

Rode up Angel chairlift; one of main chairs. Only one green run open!! All the sideruns and other main runs off it were closed.

Did that run twice plus 2 other runs and came home.

Nov 21st

Nov 20th