Skied at Hankin yesterday. Plus 2, blowing like hell, breakable crust, beautiful day (anyone can ski powder). Lots of avi activity, mostly surface stuff but breaking deeper in spots. A couple skiers out of the US and a Shames guy all camping in parking lot. The US guys built a jump over the hood of their car and looked content to play in the parking lot.
"March 19th, 2014 Hankin Backcountry ski area.
A class 2.5 avalanche, in the main bowl above Hankin Hut, was triggered by a small cornice drop. The chunk of cornice slid down the upper 35 degree slope accumulating loose snow and where the convex slope angle increased to 45 degrees a fracture line propagated 40 metres across the slope and approx 40cm deep. The debris carried across the lower (20 degree) slope of the main bowl stopping just short of the last steep roll. Debris was 30 metres wide and approx 2.5 metres deep (deepest point).
A small, class 1 avalanche, (skier triggered/ski cut the slope), pulled out of Hut Chute 1 and ran to bottom of steep section (start zone 40 degrees, stopped as slope angle lessened to 30 degrees). Fracture line at the top was 10 to 15 cm deep and 8 metres long. The lee side of all these chutes are wind loaded and pull out easily. Temperature at 4700 feet was -5 in the morning and warmed to -2. Snow squalls, light flurries all day, winds gusting to moderate out of the SW. Still snowing at the end of the day and reports of more snow today. Expect some wind loading on this aspect as well. Probably a good time for heads up when skiing in the Alpine at Hankin."
-Text by Brian Hall
Over the last week H-Trailcrew has been busy. Moved the firewood off the East deck at Hankin Hut so feel free to move a chair out there on warm, sunny spring days. Shovelled off the snow overhangs on the roof so safe to walk around without fear of getting pounded by snow from above. We've also kept up with the never ending chore of testing snow and I must say its been a great week. Another 20cm of fresh in the bowl today and Runs 4 and 6 have been excellent. We see John out periodically and he is keeping the road in good shape. Joe and Jay were flagging on the Lookout Run today and we are all hoping H-team gets a faller started on cutting this run.
We did a few snow tests today and managed to kick out a fairly big slide just beyond Christmas tree bowl (Crown was 40m X 50cm deep, debris was 30 m's wide with a max deposition of 2 metres). Also ski cut a small slide out of Hut Chute 2.
Typical spring weather right now with a mix of snow squall and sunshine all day. Encourage everyone to be extra cautious with the new snow loading onto (obviously overloading) weaker layers in the existing snowpack. Good cross loading on steep chutes/gully's with fat side pulling out easily.
"Did a quick mission up to Hankin Lookout. The trip up took 3 hours via the Hankin Lookout trail off the G connector while the trip back took about 2 hours via the alpine, then idiots peak down to run 1. The gps tracks have been added to the info section of the Hankin Lookout page."
-hankin maintenance crew
"Went out ... last night to clean up slush and take another crack at the banks. Road seems to be in good shape but I will try to stay on top of the melt. Please let folks know that if there are any issues to let me know and I will scoot up."
-Jon Goalder (Mar 10 2014)
"5.5 hours last night. 10-12 cm at parking lot. Rain crust on top and heavy snow."
-Jon Goalder (Mar 8 2014)
"Plowed Friday afternoon for 3 hours. ~8-10 cm at parking lot."
-Text by Jon Goalder
"Spent with Joe and [Thursday] with Christian looking around the Hankin area to make sure everything was all right. Photos [above] aren't high quality but you can see clearly that Christian was looking hard for blowdowns, hazards and anything unusual that may not be covered in our agreement with RSTBC. Lots of traffic in the Run 8 and Run 8A area. This must be taking pressure off Runs 1, 2, and 3. Good to spread folks out. We finished the day with a run down HC3, kicking out small wind slabs as we went. Pretty sure it was good skiing but the light was so flat we just had to stay focused on keeping our knees out of our teeth.
-Text by Brian Hall