22 Dec 2011

Another amazing day in the mountains. The short days upon us have the best sunsets. Today  is the shortest day of the year. The high pressure is breaking down and the models are looking for snow starting on Friday.  Its -5 in the alpine with calm winds.

With new snow on its way this is the time to look at the terrain and know what it looks like before it is covered with 10 to 30 cm of fresh snow. The snow pack is thin and the surface the new snow will be falling on is hard in places and there are isolated pockets of wind slab in other locations. Even a size 1 avalanche can take you for a ride and if you hit rocks, the rocks win. Situational awareness is key to staying safe with the terrain being the dominant hazard. Play hard but be safe!