Observation: Powder Park

Observation Date
Observer Name
Jack, Owen
Salt Lake » Big Cottonwood Canyon » Mill D North » Powder Park
Location Name or Route
Powder Park One
Red Flags
Red Flags
Wind Loading
Rapid Warming
Poor Snowpack Structure
We toured up near Powder Park One today under clear skies and light winds. The snow was wet and heavy with a sun-crust on all but the north facing aspects. As the day wore on and the sun beat down we saw a few point-release triggers on steeper slopes. We dug a pit on a South-West facing aspect at 9600 feet in a relatively sheltered area and found a snow-pack height ranging from 190-195 cm. The Valentines Day weak layer was buried roughly 2 feet (60 cm) down from the surface. Our extended column test resulted in an ECT-19 with propagation across the slope - failing on that Valentines day layer.
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