Observation: Saint Charles Canyon

Observation Date
01/21/2014
Observer Name
Weed

Region:

Location Name or Route
Middle Fork Accident Site
Weather
Sky
Clear
Wind Direction
Northwest
Wind Speed
Moderate
Weather Comments
Nice in the mountains with a steady northwest breeze on the ridge. Low clouds hanging over Bear Lake to the east.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions
Dense Loose
Wind Crust
Melt-Freeze Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments

I found some decent riding conditions on the flanks and in soft blown-in areas on the bed surface of the large avalanche that was triggered by a sledder on 1-11-2014.

Red Flags
Red Flags
Poor Snowpack Structure
Avalanche Problem #1
Type
Persistent Slab
Problem #1 Comments

Becoming ever more unlikely with time since the windy storm that overloaded the exceptionally weak faceted snow that is widespread in the region.  Problem is, any avalanche you do trigger will be large, dangerous and destructive.

Snow Profile
Aspect
East
Elevation
9200
Slope Angle
35
Video
Today's Observed Danger Rating
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating
Moderate
Snow Profile Coordinates