SME snow report
15 April, 2017


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


Comments:

Hello Everybody,

April powder, unlike Unicorns it exists. The powder keeps coming! Wondering if this is really April, it snows and snows and snows, there is no end to it. Not that we are complaining! We ski deep powder and still manage to experience the greatest ski peaks and their fantastic runs. Yes, peak to creek via impressive glaciers and steep slopes. As every April we mostly ski W, N and E aspects and only in earlier AM we ski southerly aspects, before the sun affects the overnight new powder.

Last week we had, again, an incredible ski week with fantastic ski guests from the USA, Canada and Südtirol. We even had a few days of sun and clear blue sky. This definitely contributed to the overall inspiration and enthusiasm. Lots of apres ski fun. The Südtirolians played the accordion, guitar and everybody pitched in with singing …. or at least tried. The accordion even made it to the Mt. Moloch Chalet and the Empire Lake Chalet. Heavy packs for some of the guests, but no face plants … only face shots and smooth skiing.

Some of the best ski runs of the week: Ruth Glacier, Mt. Ruth - Downie Soft, Tumbledown - Post Card, Tumbledown - Needle Icefall - Carnes, Allalin Glacier, Bastille East Face - Bastille Couloir - Centrale Glacier East, Centrale Glacier South, Juliana Glacier, Princess Bride, Diamond Face, Boogie Basin and so on.

Enjoy the rest of the incredible powder 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 440 cm snowpack.
Light powder, fast skiing. SE, S and SW aspects sun effected.
Empire Lake Chalet
elevation 2118 m (lower alpine)
560 to 580 cm
Deep, light powder, fast skiing. SE, S and SW aspects sun effected.
Mt. Moloch Chalet
elevation 2205 m (lower alpine)
640 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 750 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: MODERATE (2) in all aspects
Alpine: CONSIDERABLE (3) in all aspects


Avalanche Concerns:

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 15, 2017 - Skiing at the Durrand Glacier Chalet
  • April 15, 2017 - Skiing at the Durrand Glacier Chalet
  • April 15, 2017 - Skiing at the Durrand Glacier Chalet
  • April 15, 2017 - Skiing at the Durrand Glacier Chalet

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