Observations

Oakes/Monroe Brook

March 30, 2021 at 8:00 PM
Name: Owen McAndrew| CVA Backcountry
Location: Oakes/Monroe Brook

Skied in Oakes between 1200 and 1500 and out Monroe Brook around 1530. Sun softened East Facing aspects which contained primarily old surface and made good corn skiing. Double Barrel Skied top to bottom but required switching back and forth between “barrels” a few times.
South Facing slopes contained a mixture of corn and isolated 4″-8″ wind slabs but these were easily avoidable. We saw no natural point releases, even under rock bands.
Its worth noting that with the current snowpack, or lack of, traveling around many areas in Oakes requires care to avoid stepping on alpine vegetation.
Monroe Brook, which was old surface on its steepest pitch, skied well in the sun but quickly turned poor as we crossed into the shade. The stream is open at the bottom and most seem to be opting for a high exit to the left.