SME snow report
16-April-2016


...we had way too much fun skiing great alpine lines in perfect weather


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Hello Everybody,

Sorry for not posting a snow report last Saturday (April 9th). I completely forgot to write one, as we had way too much fun skiing great alpine lines in perfect weather.

This past week we had two "Classic SME Ski-touring" groups and one "Steep Skiing" group. In perfect avalanche stability we have been able to ski many incredible ski lines that have been steep and large vertical ski-runs (peak to creek). In northerly aspects we skied incredible powder, while all other aspects had superb corn snow with a dust of light powder we have received during most nights. Despite the unusual record warm April weather and endless sun-shine, skiing and life at Durrand Glacier was perfect …..

All groups skied the "hut to hut to hut” program, including the Durrand Glacier Chalet, Mt. Moloch Chalet and the Empire Lake Chalet. Some of the ski runs we skied are: Ruth Glacier from Mt. Ruth to Meeting of Glacier, Hidden Peak Couloir, Concordia Icefall (Wolverine Direct), Galadriel, Point Juliana North Face, Graham Glacier from the summit of the Aiguille to Tangiers Creek, Princess Bride, Juliana Glacier, Magic Flute on Philharmonic Glacier, Eagle Peak East Face and the below Eagle’s Flight run, Mt. Durrand North Face (classic line) and Mt. Durrand Direct North Face, East Ridge Couloir, Little East Ridge Couloir, North Step Couloir (has been skied two times so far), Centrale Peak into Centrale Glacier East, Tumbledown Glacier via Post Card, etc ….. what a fantastic week this was, definitely skied some of Canada’s finest ski runs. A week to remember ……

At the Durrand Glacier Chalet we are skiing until April 30th, then it is time to go to the European Alps to enjoy more fantastic ski-mountaineering (Bernina Area, Tödi Area, Mont Blanc Area and the Lyngen Alps in Norway). The grande finale of the this year’s Selkirk Mountain Experience ski season will be end of May ….. I guess as usual.

Enjoy all the fantastic spring skiing

Ruedi Beglinger

Ruedi Beglinger
IFMGA Mountain Guide / SME


SME January videos:
  Canada's Durrand Glacier, White Smoke (January and February)
  Steep in January, Canada's Durrand Glacier



Durrand Glacier Snowpack  
Durrand Glacier
elevation 1946 m (tree-line)
300 cm snowpack.
Empire Lake Chalet
elevation 2118 m (lower alpine)
420 cm to 450 cm snowpack with 10 cm powder in northerly aspects and all other aspects perfect corn; skiing excellent in all aspects.
Mt. Moloch Chalet
elevation 2205 m (lower alpine)
480 cm to 500 cm snowpack with 10 cm powder in northerly aspects and all other aspects perfect corn; skiing excellent in all aspects.
Alpine
above elevation 2500 m
550 cm to 750 cm snowpack with 10 cm powder in northerly aspects and all other aspects perfect corn; skiing excellent in all aspects.


Present Avalanche Hazard, April 16, 2016:

Below Tree-line: LOW in West, North and East aspects (deteriorating with daytime warming), South aspects deteriorating rapidly with daytime temperature and solar to CONSIDERABLE
Tree-line: LOW in West, North and East aspects, South aspects deteriorating with daytime temperature and solar to CONSIDERABLE
Alpine: LOW in West, North and East aspects, South aspects deteriorating with daytime temperature and solar to CONSIDERABLE


Avalanche Concerns:

NE, N and NW aspects: Strong snowpack in all elevations. In West, North and East aspects Snow Profiles and daily Test Profiles in various elevations and areas of the tenure keep indicating no weaknesses in the snowpack, very strong snowpack.

There are some concerns in large and very steep slopes with Southeast, South, Southwest aspects. In these specific terrain features a buried sun crust (February 27th) with an overlaying 100 cm to 150 cm persistent slab has been the main problem, as well as larger size ground avalanches. Classic spring conditions.


  • April 16, 2016 - Skiing at the Durrand Glacier Chalet
  • April 16, 2016 - Skiing at the Durrand Glacier Chalet
  • April 16, 2016 - Skiing at the Durrand Glacier Chalet
  • April 16, 2016 - Skiing at the Durrand Glacier Chalet

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