Steve Romeo, Brian Ladd and Greg Hill check out the avalanche crown.
We were able to get out with Greg Hill and Aaron Chance from Revelstoke yesterday, before heading into the Fairy Meadows Hut today. And let me tell you, the avalanche conditions are little touchy right now. After some fresh snow, some buried surface hoar layers are persisting and today, we (more specifically, the newly nicknamed Trigger) kicked off two slabs today. One on the skin up, in which the slab I was on whumped and settled, and then caused a cornice to drop up and to the left, which then caused a Class II size avalanche off to the left and continued about 70m down the ridge. The crown was about 5 feet from my skis and 18-36” deep. The second was on descent and smaller, about 10” and on a shorter pitch. Looks like we’ll be on high alert at the hut this week. Wish us luck!
For those looking for motivation, Greg Hill is always one to get it from. Here is a video in which he talks about this year’s challenge of skiing 2 million vertical feet (human powered of course) in a calendar year. That’s something like 7,000′ every day and I think he has just over 300,000′ so far, which is ahead of schedule. Let’s wish him the best in his quest, it sure sounds like a doozie!
I will be out of touch for the next week, so be sure to LIVE TO SKI while I will be gone. Ciao!