High on the Mountain Top
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Whistler, BC, Canada.
Interest: Exploring the Coast Mountains and surrounding ocean waters in all seasons.
Snowshoeing at Marriott Basin from 1350--1900m this past Wednesday and again on the weekend. As of Wednesday, one metre at Wendy Thompson Hut; another 70cm of snow Thursday/Friday left a base of 150cm at the hut for Saturday. 15cm new overnight Saturday night.
Note that above treeline and in some areas slightly below treeline there is now enough snow for avalanches. There is at least on crust layer about 25cm above the ground up to areas above treeline and a couple of buried surface hoar layers with slabbing on top. Avalanche season is on. Summer hiking trails often cross avalanche slopes without regard for winter conditions: don't be caught napping.
Also, early season conditions still exist for snowshoers: deep clefts between rocks or fallen trees can provide significantly deep holes to plunge into. Great conditions for snowshoeing, though trailbreaking is difficult, but everything is well-covered with snow...
Fun is where you make it...