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Rogers Pass Motel Mayhem 3: Mayhem with a Vengence
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TOPIC: Rogers Pass Motel Mayhem 3: Mayhem with a Vengence
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Rogers Pass Motel Mayhem 3: Mayhem with a Vengence 4 Years, 7 Months ago  
A few of us went out to Rogers Pass for yet another round of Motel Mayhem. Once again staying at my home away from home, the Brookside Motel, we hit Cheops North on Saturday and then subdivided on Sunday with the 'viciously hungover' team opting for a lazy tour up Loop Brook to the moraine above the Bonny Trees.

Cheops had good snow and generally solid stability. There was definitely some wind slab in places, but if you stayed to the North side of things, snow was heavy but definitely powder (Phil's official definition of powder is at least one party member gets a face shot - we got face shots, therefore POWDER). Snow pack sitting on top of rock was pretty crappy being thin and mostly rotten down low - definitely be cautious round thin/rocky terrain.

Saturday night Keith and Sly led us in an attempt to drink every ounce of alcohol we had a brought - which was a lot and sadly, we were mostly successful. The result is that on Sunday we split up into a couple of sub parties with those who had let the team down the night before opting for a high output day up the Asulkan Valley while the rest of us went for a lazy tour up Loop Brook.

Snow on the moraine above the Bonny Trees was great, as usual, though ski cutting a steep convex roll entering the bowl to skier's left of the trees triggered a small storm slab on the most recent melt/freeze crust. This spring seems to be bringing a lot of this as things warm up and then cool down with the next storm cycle and every week for the last three we've seen this behaviour in the area. The snow that fails is generally just poorly consolidated storm snow - but the potential for something bigger certainly exists, so, you know, don't be dumb.

In the end though, great late season conditions and it's definitely still worth the drive out to the pass for snow - just keep high and keep North.
Phil Tomlinson
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