SME snow report
20 January, 2018

Incredible powder skiing in a superb snowpack. Every day feels as it is the best day ever.


Hello Everybody,

This past week we have experienced all aspects of a true winter. Snow-storms, blue sky, cold temperatures, warm air moments and incredible powder. Hmmmm, we even had some mixed snow conditions one day. It was a fantastic week with great ski guests from the USA, Germany and Switzerland. It was also the opening week for our 1000 to 1600 vertical meter “peak to creek” ski runs. Usually we ski many of these ski runs in December, however with the slow early winter in lower elevations these deep powder turns and steep lines had to wait. It is always a special moment when we get to ski to one of the two first class satellite alpine chalets (Mt. Moloch Chalet or Empire Lake Chalet). During the early part we did go to the Empire Lake Chalet. Skied long lines in perfect conditions.

Some of the ski lines of the week: Downie Soft, Tumbledown East, Forbidden Glacier, Centrale Glacier, Allalin Glacier, Ruth Glacier, Diamond Face, Goat Peak - Carnes Creek, Morning Glory, Excalibur, Holy Grail, Swiss Miss, Elevator.

Enjoy the great winter

Ruedi Beglinger

Ruedi Beglinger
IFMGA Mountain Guide / SME

SME videos:
  January, 2013: January at Durrand Glacier
  February 7, 2014: White Gold in January, Canada's Durrand Glacier
  March 24 to 29, 2012: Hut to hut skiing, Canada's Durrand Glacier
  April, 2013: Spring Powder at Canada's Durrand Glacier

Durrand Glacier Snowpack  
Durrand Glacier
elevation 1946 m (tree-line)
260 cm to 280 cm snowpack.
Super light powder, fast skiing in all aspects.
Empire Lake Chalet
elevation 2118 m (lower alpine)
300 cm
Super light powder, fast skiing in all aspects..
Mt. Moloch Chalet
elevation 2205 m (lower alpine)
300 to 350 cm
Super light powder, fast skiing in all aspect. Minor wind effects in exposed areas.
above elevation 2500 m
350 cm to 420 cm
Super light powder, fast skiing. Minor wind effects at mountain tops.

Present Avalanche Hazard for the DURRAND GLACIER AREA, January 20, 2018:

Below Tree-line: MODERATE (2)
Tree-line: MODERATE (2)

Avalanche Concerns, January 20, 2018:

At the time we experience a large variability of snowpack stability in the northern Selkirk Mountains. In some areas natural and human triggered avalanches have been observed during the past days. As of today, only sloughing of the very light surface snow in very steep alpine terrain has been observed in the Durrand Glacier Chalet. However, we keep digging several daily test profiles down 150cm from the surface in various elevations and aspects. With a such variability in the snowpack, this is the only way to fully understand the shear strength of the various buried layers. So far we have only experienced hard shear results and no shear results on the December 15th surface hoar layer, December 27th surface hoar layer and on the January 5th surface hoar layers. Lets hope it will stay that way.

  • 20 January 2018 - Skiing at the Durrand Glacier Chalet
  • 20 January 2018  - Skiing at the Durrand Glacier Chalet
  • 20 January 2018  - Skiing at the Durrand Glacier Chalet
  • 20 January 2018  - Skiing at the Durrand Glacier Chalet
  • 20 January 2018  - Skiing at the Durrand Glacier Chalet

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