Finally, we got some new snow. Conditions are getting better. Easter week-end is closer than ever, time for skiers to go out.
Another week spent skiing in the Chilkat pass area. Snowpack is still very thin for the season but we got some new snow. Haines Pass area received between 20 and 40cm of new fresh snow , falling with a light to moderate South wind. The day after, a strong North wind chased the clouds away. So it means the snowpack is wind affected again. Be prepared to deal with wind slabs in North but also South aspects. Ski conditions are getting better. Snow quality, just like the snowpack, is very variable, from bad wind crust to nice and light powder. Use your experience to identify the good terrain. You can find most of the good conditions in north aspect slopes. We still have to deal with the consequences of the last dry winter and hot summer. Glacier are not well covered, crevasses are visible where they were covered sometimes even in summer. Be aware and prepared if you plan to ski on glacier
We have spent some good time at the Stellar cabin which is a perfect base camp.See the pictures below. For more info, go to http://icefielddiscovery.com/stellar-hut
The Haines road
Yes it was windy
When it is windy, it is time to do some kitting or speed riding.
Testing the snow
Finally some good turns
The Stellar hut, a perfect base camp