Observation: Cardiac Ridge

Observation Date
Observer Name
Dave H.
Salt Lake
Location Name or Route
Cardiac Ridge
We put 4 tracks in the same terrain in Cardiac Ridge that Mark White did on the 28th. On the Cardiac Ridge wall there was 8" new up to 16-18" new where the riders left to right breeze loaded the snow a little thicker. We took about the same approach and exit above the big stones below little superior. There was a still soft but more dense wind layer on the surface about 3-4" thick under the North facing rollover under Cardiac Bowl. Still no cracking there and no sluffing anywhere on our whole route. No slabs observed anywhere in the new snow. Winds were very calm to non-existent all day making it feel quite warm in the sun.
The mid section of Cardiac ridge rode great with no rocks hit and a subtle crust probably from early October that seemed to keep you above rocks. Everywhere else, including the north facing bowl over Cardiac Pass, had random significant rocks that did not always have indications on the surface that there was a stone below, so quite risky riding even though it looked deep and relatively safe. The traverse up to the Cardiff weather station and beyond was not very fun due to low density fluff/fine grained facets over icy slick stones.
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