SME snow report
14 January, 2017


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


Comments:

Hello Everybody,

After two weeks of incredible powder and very stable snow conditions, it is time to write the next snow report for the Durrand Glacier Chalet area. Yes, it was very cold over the past days. Warm clothing, good ski-boots and Dissent Labs socks helped us maintaining having fun out there. With the unbelievable stable snowpack, LOW Avalanche Hazard, we have been able to adventure into the most incredible ski lines with deep and light powder snow … steep and deep. Some of these lines have been: Magic Flute, Falcon Direct, Forbidden Glacier, Goat Face, Goat Face Detour, Rigoletto, Air Force, Glarona - Tumbledown Gully - Carnes Creek, Holy Grail, Swiss Miss, Morning Glory and so on …. Lots of very happy ski guests.

Of-course it is always great to come home to the warm and beautiful Durrand Glacier Chalet where our gourmet Chef Henrik is spoiling us with the most unthinkable delicious after-skiing snacks and dinner with incredible desserts. For the next two weeks Henrik is skiing with the groups and will be replaced by the Super Chef Pirmin Kaspar who works in the "Michelin 2 Star Restaurant Focus" at the 5 Star Park Hotel Vitznau in Switzerland. Well, I think we are well taken care off for the month of January. The only problem we now face, all ski guests prefer eating over skiing all this amazing powder. I don’t blame them.

Lets go skiing and keep having fun.

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)
270 cm snowpack.
Incredible skiing in very light and consistent deep powder.
Empire Lake Chalet
elevation 2118 m (lower alpine)
approx. 350 cm
Incredible skiing in very light and consistent deep powder.
Mt. Moloch Chalet
elevation 2205 m (lower alpine)
approx. 390 cm
Incredible skiing in very light and consistent deep powder.
Alpine
above elevation 2500 m
450 cm to 500 cm
Incredible skiing in very light and consistent deep powder.


Present Avalanche Hazard, January 14, 2017:

Below Tree-line: LOW (1) in all aspects
Tree-line: LOW (1) in all aspects
Alpine: LOW (1) in all aspects


Avalanche Concerns:

The Avalanche Hazard is in all elevations and aspects LOW. With the exceptionally strong snowpack we are presently able to ski very steep ski lines, runs that are often not possible in January. Daily test profiles in various elevations and aspects and the Full Snowprofile at the Durrand Glacier snow study plot show no weak layers. Stability tests at times produce hard resistant shears or braeks, but no sudden planer results.


  • January 14, 2017 - Skiing at the Durrand Glacier Chalet
  • January 14, 2017 - Skiing at the Durrand Glacier Chalet
  • January 14, 2017 - Skiing at the Durrand Glacier Chalet

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