Observation: Soapstone

Observation Date
01/28/2018
Observer Name
Meisenheimer

Region:

Location Name or Route
Nobletts to Soapstone
Weather
Sky
Scattered
Wind Speed
Calm
Weather Comments
Beautiful day in the Uintas. Light winds, warm temps and soft snow.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions
Powder
Faceted Loose
Rain-Rime Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments

A very thin rime crust formed on all aspects overnight. This crust did not effect riding and turning conditions. Lots of powder snow still around. 

Red Flags
Red Flags
Poor Snowpack Structure
Avalanche Problem #1
Type
Persistent Slab
Problem #1 Comments

In my travels today I dug mainly on north and north east facing aspects at 9500 feet and above. I found the snowpack in this area to be mainly made of faceted snow. At the surface was a thin rime crust (easily breakable) with small grained facets below. The entire snow pack is made of faceted snow in this area and as you move down in the snowpack the grains only get larger until they are full blown fist hardness depth hoar at the bottom. 

I performed many extended column test and did not have any results. The snowpack is lacking a slab or more cohesive stronger snow above. I still wouldn't trust getting into steep northerly terrain for now. The chance of finding a slab is too much of a concern and I kept my distance from large, steep, northerly upper elevation terrain based off of what I found in the snowpit. The total depth of the snowpack was 85cm. 

 

 

Comments

We teamed up with Backcountry Institute along with Randy Sugihara to teach a avalanche awareness class to young men under the age of 18. It was a great day with lots of learning and it goes to show what an amazing community we have. Thanks to all the great instructors!

Today's Observed Danger Rating
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating
Moderate
Snow Profile Coordinates