SME snow report
25 April, 2017


...we had way too much fun skiing great lines in super deep and light powder


Comments:

Hello Everybody,

There is no end to the 2017 ski season. Snow keeps coming and the temperatures are low enough to guarantee powder snow. What a fantastic winter this was. Last week we skied large lines in the alpine. In particular on Sunday and Friday the weather was incredible, blue sky and incredible powder conditions. Skiing perfect ski lines down impressive glaciers and in between granite walls and glacial seracs. But also the mid-week days had their charm. Despite the less-than-blue skies, we still linked endless powder turns in the endless white canvas.

Some of the most memorable runs of the week: Downie Soft, Tumbledown - Post Card, Tumbledown - Carnes Creek, Ruth Glacier, Upper Concordia Icefall, Juliana Glacier - Goat Ramp, Philharmonic Glacier, Forbidden Glacier, North Step - Easy Rider - Durrand Glacier - Snow Cap - North Ridge West Face - Kala Lake, Allalin Glacier - Key Hole, Boogie Basin and so on.

The ski season at Durrand Glacier has now come to its end. Just like every late April, the conditions are perfect and the afternoon temperatures are just right to sit on the Durrand Glacier Chalet sundeck to enjoy a drink and the endless vista across the northern Selkirk Mountains and into the distanced northern Monashee Mountain Range. But we are now in Europe, running programs in the Alps and northern Norway. This year we go to the highest peak in my home valley, the Tödi. After this fantastic high alpine peak we take the train to the Jungfraujoch and ski the Berner Oberland. Then it is time to drive to Chamonix for a last high ski peak in the Mont Blanc area. The final ski tour of the 2017 ski season will take us and 7 ski guests to Tromsø and Lyngseidet, Lyngen Alps, where we will spend 9 days skiing a large variety of great peaks and ski lines that end on the shores of Norwegian Fjords.

Enjoy the rest of the incredible ski season

Ruedi Beglinger

Ruedi Beglinger
IFMGA Mountain Guide / SME


SME January videos:
  Canada's Durrand Glacier, White Smoke (January)
  April Powder
  Skiing The Line, Tumbledown - Carnes



Durrand Glacier Snowpack  
Durrand Glacier
elevation 1946 m (tree-line)
420 to 450 cm snowpack.
Light powder, fast skiing. SE, S and SW aspects sun effected.
Empire Lake Chalet
elevation 2118 m (lower alpine)
580 to 600 cm
Deep, light powder, fast skiing. SE, S and SW aspects sun effected.
Mt. Moloch Chalet
elevation 2205 m (lower alpine)
650 to 680 cm (the 650 cm high snow measuring stick is buried under the deep snowpack)
Deep, light powder, fast skiing. SE, S and SW aspects sun effected.
Alpine
above elevation 2500 m
600 cm to 770 cm (depending on exposure)
Deep, light powder, fast skiing. SE, S and SW aspects sun effected.


Present Avalanche Hazard, April 15, 2017:

Below Tree-line: LOW (1) in northerly aspects, Moderate (2) in southerly aspects
Tree-line: LOW (1) in all aspects
Alpine: MODERATE (2) in all aspects


Avalanche Concerns, April 22, 2017:

With the ongoing snow storms the main avalanche concerns are storm slabs in all lee sloping terrain features and some wind slabs along wind exposed areas of the alpine. Predominantly in the higher alpine light to moderate wind from south and southwest keeps transporting snow into lee sloping terrain features (cross-loading and top-loading). These storm slabs and wind slabs do settle out and bond quickly but with every new storm cycle storm slabs keep forming and remain a concern.


  • April 25, 2017 - Skiing at the Durrand Glacier Chalet
  • April 25, 2017 - Skiing at the Durrand Glacier Chalet
  • April 25, 2017 - Skiing at the Durrand Glacier Chalet
  • April 25, 2017 - Skiing at the Durrand Glacier Chalet
  • April 25, 2017 - Skiing at the Durrand Glacier Chalet
  • April 25, 2017 - Skiing at the Durrand Glacier Chalet

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