Observation: Mill Canyon Peak

Observation Date
12/11/2016
Observer Name
Jimmy Tart

Region:

Location Name or Route
Aspen Run Mill Canyon Peak
Weather
Sky
Few
Wind Direction
Southwest
Wind Speed
Light
Weather Comments
Temps a good bit lower than yesterday, breeze was quite chilly.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth
10"
New Snow Density
Medium
Snow Surface Conditions
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments
A good bit of graupel mixed in with the new snow.
Red Flags
Red Flags
Wind Loading
Cracking
Collapsing
Poor Snowpack Structure
Red Flags Comments
Saw most of the red flags today. Was quite surprised to not see any naturals from the last 24 hours, though. Had two different booming collapses roll through meadows as we approached.
Avalanche Problem #1
Type
Storm Slab
Trend
Same
Problem #1 Comments
The cold temps before this storm produced a weak surface for the new snow to fall on.
Avalanche Problem #2
Type
Wind Slab
Trend
Same
Problem #2 Comments
The westerlies in this last storm certainly moved a good deal off of snow off of west facing slopes in addition to moving the new snow. Although we didn't get our feet on any wind slabs where we traveled, we saw numerous west facing slopes blown back to shrubs...
Today's Observed Danger Rating
High
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating
High
Snow Profile Coordinates