Raymond Cataract

February 14, 2021 at 3:00 PM
Name: Nick Aiello-Popeo| Synnott Mountain Guides
Location: Raymond Cataract

As one could assume, Raymond Cataract needs more snow to be a truly enjoyable outing. However, it provided a wealth of terrain management challenges for our AIARE 2 Course, with an abundance of terrain traps. Most of the snowpack consisted of an un-reactive, wind hammered surface. Lower in the riverbed, stubborn wind pillows dominated the gully. We then skirted open water on the skiers’ left, before a quick rappel put us back in the drainage. Here, one could find small pockets of newer, more reactive wind slab 10 to 15cm deep. One more rappel led to softer snow in the forrest below.