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Observation: Agassiz

Observation Date
4/16/2022
Observer Name
Climaco
Region
Uintas » Mirror Lake Highway » Agassiz
Location Name or Route
Agassiz
Red Flags
Red Flags
Wind Loading
Avalanche Problem #1
Problem
Wind Drifted Snow
Problem #1 Comments
Winds were steady in the 40s to 50s along the ridgetops, gusting much higher. Lots of snow moving around with large drifts forming. The steep east side of Agassiz was filled with deep pillowy powder down into the Middle Basin.
Snow Profile
Aspect
West
Elevation
12,000'
Comments
We skied the W face of Agassiz on the 16th. The snow was of two totally different varieties: where even the slightest windbreak existed on the south side of the shallow couloir we had heavy cream in the lee, well bonded to the surface below which made for nice turns. We observed no cracking, hollowness or movement of any kind in this snow, other than sluffs where the pitch was steep. On the other hand, as soon as you moved to the north side of the couloir you hit the pitted and weathered old bed surface which while not boilerplate was scratchy and no fun. So, even with a hurricane blowing up there we still found sheltered snow on that very exposed face pretty much from top to bottom. As we lost elevation we "lost the problem" and the snow became more uniformly creamy which made for excellent skiing.
Today's Observed Danger Rating
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating
Moderate
Coordinates