Observation: Beaver Creek Canyon

Observation Date
01/3/2017
Observer Name
Pagnucco, Weed

Region:

Location Name or Route
Beaver Creek Canyon
Weather
Sky
Obscured
Precipitation
Light Snowfall
Wind Direction
Southwest
Wind Speed
Light
Weather Comments
Wintery day in the mtns. Light snowfall mix with graupel. Some blustery winds but mostly light.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth
6"
New Snow Density
Low
Snow Surface Conditions
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments

Light density surface snow ranging from 4-10" on top of crust. Low angle afforded the opportunity to stay on top of crust though broke through at lower end of low elevation slope. 

Red Flags
Red Flags
Heavy Snowfall
Wind Loading
Red Flags Comments
Generally stable snowpack though surface snow and weak facets below brittle crust are a concern in this area. No big slab built up yet. Waiting for tomorrow's storm as a real test now that we have a decent, yet shallow base at low elevations.
Avalanche Problem #1
Type
Storm Slab
Trend
Increasing Danger
Today's Observed Danger Rating
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating
Considerable
Snow Profile Coordinates