November 21, 2015


Backcountry Update November 21, 2015

We have had a great start to the BC season here in the North Cascades.  Lots of folks got out to enjoy the skiing near Heather Pass in early November when the highway was still open.  But things have changed now:

Snow Depth 47" at WA Pass site and 58" at Hart's Pass site.

Highway 20 closed at Silver Star Gate but highway is well plowed to that point.

Good snow coverage and easy snowmobile riding on Hwy 20 to Blue Lake and beyond.  Avalanche debris piles are mellow.

Harts Pass Rd has been packed by sled-necks.

Rain crust up to about 6,200' and west aspects were wind hammered.

Delancy ridge is NOT good - breakable crust above unconsolidated.

Good skiing has been found on easterly aspects like Portly Bowl.  No reports from Hairpin yet - stay tuned.

Bottom line is you will need a sled to get the goods and look for areas protected from westerly winds. Its a good start but can't say its epic yet.  Hope for more snow!



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