Logan » Franklin Basin » Steam Mill Peak Area
Location Name or Route
Steam Mill Peak, NE Shoulder
It got colder as it got later in the afternoon
New Snow Depth
New Snow Density
Snow Surface Conditions
Snow Characteristics Comments
Very nice, deep powder conditions. Face shots on sled in Franklin Basin and on skis in Hells Kitchen, but you needed some pitch for turning
Red Flags Comments
The 4th person up the skin track and I triggered one pretty large whumpf in flat terrain near the mouth of Hells Kitchen.
Avalanche Problem #1
Problem #1 Comments
Pit tests showed a weak layer at the interface between yesterday's and today's snow.
Avalanche Problem #2
Wind Drifted Snow
Problem #2 Comments
This wasn’t an issue for us today. Mostly calm on the northeast side of Steam Mill, but drifting was going on in more exposed terrain.
The danger is probably CONSIDERABLE in drifted terrain. I found good stability in the deeper layers and it felt like MODERATE in the Hells Kitchen terrain, but we did not venture onto anything steeper the 30 degrees.
Today's Observed Danger Rating
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating