Burnie Glacier Chalet March 31-April 7, 2023

The Burnie Glacier and Hut Peak
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Burnie Glacier Chalet March 31-April 7, 2023 Over the course of the last week Christoph Dietzfelbinger and I guided a group at the Burnie Glacier Chalet in the Howson Range. The mountains received a small reset the day we arrived totalling approximately 10 cm of low density snow. The unsettled weather continued through Saturday and limited solar input on solar aspects. The new snow fell with little wind and provided excellent travel conditions throughout the week.

Descending from Polemic Pass
Burnie Glacier Chalet

At 1400m, the height of snow was 290 cm and at the lodge elevation 1000m, the HS hovered around 181cm of the entire week. The snowpack was well settled.

The Telkwa Step

Coverage on the glaciers exceeded three meters and crevasses were well bridged in most places which made for fantastic travel. However some bergschrunds and crevasse bridges were starting to sag with the moderate temperatures.

Mitre Col

North aspects provided exceptional settled powder skiing in sheltered areas. Some steep couloirs had 5-10 cm of aged powder overlying knife melt freeze crusts or knife wind effect; in others, the storm snow was well bonded to progressively resistant facets. Through Wednesday, we skied dry snow on sheltered north and northeast aspects to 1200m.

Pinorackle North Couloir
A 900m descent

At the week progressed, steep solar aspects below 1800m provided great corn skiing in the afternoons.

Tom George South

Conditions changed on Wednesday with the arrival of a low pressure system. Winds out of the south west increased and precipitation began to fall by Wednesday afternoon.

Climbing one of the Trident Couloirs

Temperatures rose steadily on Thursday with the rain level reaching approximately 1300m. The warm temperatures and precipitation produced a natural loose wet cycle to size two off of steep terrain near the lodge Thursday afternoon.

Mitre Col

Temperatures dropped Thursday night and the snow line was below 1000m by Friday morning. At tree line 10cm of fist snow overlay the previous day’s wind affected and moist snow. Ski quality was quite good above 1300m.

Ascending the Burnie Glacier

Over the course of the week, we covered over 100km and ascended more than 12,000m. The group was keen to travel far and ramp the steepness up when the conditions permitted. Numerous peaks were scaled and classic tours were completed.

The Telkwa Neve

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Bootpacking up the Telkwa Step