Kelly, Miller, Pressman
Ogden » Ben Lomond » Cutler Ridge
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We got multiple collapses on this particular wind drift. Snowpit dug on a wind drifted section of snow where we observed cracking and felt collapsing on both the ascent and descent. Anywhere from 5-10" of 1 finger hardness wind slab over very weak fist hard faceted snow. Extended column test results at this location showed a very weak upper snowpack with clean shears and a noteable collapse of this weak faceted layer. These areas of wind drifted snow were easy to spot on the surface. With new snow they may be more difficult to find in the future. We avoided areas over 30 degrees with similar patterns of wind loading.
Video of very small soft slab avalanche triggered on a road cut above the skin track.
Photo below of location. North facing 6400'
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