I headed up to Whitewater yesterday with Dayna and Donald for a couple laps and to check out conditions in the local alpine. After a warm spell earlier in the week, temps have dropped again and we received new snow to near valley bottom, and the recent temperature crust that formed at lower elevations has been sufficiently buried with low density pow.
We were the first people in the parking lot besides staff and broke a trail up Sneaky Pete’s and up to Prospector. There was about 15cms of fresh at the lodge and more up high, maybe 20-25. The snow felt good and unconsolidated on top, with a supportive base below. I’m guessing there’s about 95cm on the ground at treeline, maybe a little more after last night.
We had really good turns down Prospector (watch the video), blower the whole way down. A little early for Lone Pine though as we did scrape some rocks in the choke, and the sluff was running fast, making it a way more exciting line than it is later in the season when filled in.
As the day progressed, more and more people were hiking and skinning and tobogganing the ski-hill runs, but only a small handful of people in the backcountry, making for a quiet day of untracked lines. All in all a super fun day riding deep fluffy pow with friends in the Selkirks!
Play it safe out there in the early season!