Pro’s and Con’s: Light Snow vs. Heavy Snow

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It’s long been debated which is better maritime snowpack or continental snowpack. Here are the pro’s and con’s… You decide.

Maritime Snow

The Palisades

Pro’s

  • Avalanche Risk: Maritime temperatures keep snowpack a little on the heavy side but that warmer snow bonds much easier when compared to a continental snowpack, which sees big downswings in temperature that create hoar and faceted snow.
  • Stomped: Maritime snow delivers the ultimate stomping conditions with a muted spring on landing. Blower can be a little less predictable.
  • Coverage: Maritime snow is the ultimate for coverage. It comes in fast and its heavy and moist qualities allow the snow to stick to steeper and rockier surfaces.

A slab avalanche triggered by a snowmobile. Photo/Friends of Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center. A slab avalanche triggered by a snowmobile. Photo/Friends of Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center.

Con’s

  • No Faceshots: It’s definitely harder to go to trenchtown when the snow has the consistency of concrete.
  • Rain: With maritime snow, storms can…

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