Date: November 14, 2014
Second snow report of the 2014/15 ski season
Time to go skiing
In the alpine and at tree-line the snowpack is already well established. Today we went for a snow observation flight and also to check the water at the Durrand Glacier.
As we arrived at the Durrand Glacier chalet I was positively surprised by all the good news. All three water-pipes are running as strong as they possibly can. The snowpack is well settled and firm, with 30 cm low density powder-snow overlaying a strong base. With walking around i had a foot penetration of 30 cm and a 20 cm ski penetration. Considering the great weather of the last week I had expected a more marginal snowpack - but we definitely got the snow at Durrand. After confirming that the water was running at the Durrand Glacier Chalet, we flew to Eagle Peak and skied the Philharmonic Glacier down to the new Empire Lake Chalet. Absolutely perfect skiing. One more run down the Durrand Glacier from Snowcap confirmed that we could still know how to ski and that the ski season at the Durrand is guaranteed.
Strap on the skis and lets get some powder.
elevation 1946 m (tree-line)
|120 cm to 130 cm - 30 cm low density powder is overlaying a well settled and bonding mid November snowpack, no suspicious snow-layers buried.|
|Empire Lake Chalet
elevation 2118 m (lower alpine)
|130 cm to 140 cm - 30 cm low density powder is overlaying a well settled and bonding mid November snowpack, no suspicious snow-layers buried.|
above elevation 2400 m
| 165 cm to 180 cm
30 cm low density powder is overlaying a well settled and bonding mid November snowpack, no significant weak snow-layers buried. Northerly aspects are partly with effected by the ongoing northerly winds from the past several days, filled in many glacial crevasses.