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Observation: Abajos

Observation Date
1/21/2023
Observer Name
CN & CN
Region
Abajos
Location Name or Route
Blue Mtn Ski Area
Avalanche Problem #1
Problem
Wind Drifted Snow
Problem #1 Comments
A very weak wind slab had started to form where we dug our pit. It was still very soft but could become a layer of concern if it begins to strengthen
Avalanche Problem #2
Problem
Persistent Weak Layer
Trend
Decreasing Danger
Problem #2 Comments
The PWL was found 131cm below the surface on the east facing slopes. It was unresponsive to our ETC and Shovel Shear
Snow Profile
Aspect
East
Elevation
9,200'
Comments
Had a nice tour today at the old ski hill. We found no signs of instability while we were out. A small wind slab has begun to form on the east facing exposed areas. We dug to the ground to check out the PWL but we were not able to impact it with our stability tests. We stuck to 30 degrees and under and had a great time while we stayed safe. The snow pack is appearing to gain strength but a wind slab is forming. The upper elevation terrain we could see while touring had very clear signs of wind rippling. Attached a picture of the what the wind slab looked like in this area.
Today's Observed Danger Rating
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating
Considerable