Observation: Notch Mountain

Observation Date
5/23/2019
Observer Name
Michael Janulaitis
Region
Uintas
Location Name or Route
Notch
Weather
Sky
Obscured
Precipitation
Heavy Snowfall
Wind Direction
Southwest
Wind Speed
Moderate
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth
10"
New Snow Density
High
Snow Surface Conditions
Powder
Rain-Rime Crust
Red Flags
Red Flags
Heavy Snowfall
Wind Loading
Cracking
Collapsing
Avalanche Problem #1
Problem
New Snow
Trend
Decreasing Danger
Snow Profile
Aspect
East
Elevation
10,500'
Slope Angle
15°
Comments
I got out a litter later in the afternoon today immediately after the late morning blast of new snow.  The new snow was heavier than Sierra Cement.  Also there was a non-frozen rain crust that had just formed before I got on the mountain making a perfectly upside down snow pack with the light snow from two day ago sitting at the bottom.  I felt one collapse as soon as I skinned into low angle wind loaded terrain.   Now there is a cohesive slab on top of our snow pack which means even with cold temps slides are possible.  Total new snow is sitting at about 14 inches and with a very high water content that means that's enough snow to get carried.  The first pic below is of the rain crust and the second is of the West Notch Couloir skiers right side entrance.  Again I skied the low angle south side of Notch.
Today's Observed Danger Rating
Considerable
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating
Moderate

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