Observation: Northern Bear River Range

Observation Date
01/3/2014
Observer Name
D. Tidhar

Region:

Location Name or Route
Bear River Mtns - Northeast, north of Idaho border
Weather
Sky
Overcast
Precipitation
Light Snowfall
Wind Direction
Southwest
Wind Speed
Light
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Density
Low
Snow Surface Conditions
Dense Loose
Faceted Loose
Snow Characteristics Comments
Some gropel present in light snowfall
Red Flags
Red Flags
Poor Snowpack Structure
Avalanche Problem #1
Type
Deep Slab
Trend
Increasing Danger
Avalanche Problem #2
Type
Loose Dry Snow
Trend
Increasing Danger
Comments
Climbed and skied low angle (20-25 degree) slopes with northwest and west aspects between around 7500-8500'. No collapsing or audibles anywhere along the tour. Performed ski cuts and aggressive jump turns on a wind-loaded ~40 degree west-northwest test slope at around 8000'; failed to produce any energy, collapsing or slabs on this slope. I hope to return to this zone during the coming week and find some similar test slopes with more northerly aspects.
Today's Observed Danger Rating
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating
Moderate
Snow Profile Coordinates