our local mtn cypress here in vancouver got dumped on yesterday: 42 in early morning and by 2pm (still snowing) this amt had reached 55 cm...and by night fall it would be 61 cm..whew!)
...problem is, however, the snow was heavy, given the temp all day stayed at 0C (32F)...so it never got a chance to become lighter or drier....wonder if this would have made a difference with floatation (had temps been -3to -6, say?)...or regardless given the depth of the snow would I have needed more than my 100mm atomic access?
when one of the runs did open at 2pm (51 cm had fallen by then) it was pretty amazing coming down but due to the heaviness of the snow you could easily sink right into it and get buried...while I thought my 100mm atomic access would be fine in such, they weren't....instead it was those using the much wider skis having most successful float ie k2 pontoons or anything with a 130mm waist or more ..but heck it was the boarders having most flotation given the girth of their tools, in reality.
regardless tons of people were sinking or would do so when wiping out, esp on less than steep terrain (which i reasoned was needed to keep moving and stay 'above' this heavier snow)
so i tried to keep moving down the fall line as well as keep my skis together (for more girth to mimic boarders) and that fared better to some extent.
so aside from my mediocre skill level with this stuff, anyone else have some tips/insight as i'm heading out again today. (temp is -1c and no doubt will warm up as day progresses, however...so not slush, but...)
Edited by canali - 4/5/11 at 7:38am