Observation: Powder Mountain

Observation Date
01/26/2017
Observer Name
Pagnucco

Region:

Location Name or Route
Powder Country, Powder Mt.
Weather
Sky
Overcast
Precipitation
Light Snowfall
Wind Direction
North
Wind Speed
Light
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth
4'
New Snow Density
Low
Snow Surface Conditions
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments

Nice powder riding conditions though the lower in elevation the more you could feel stiffer upside down layer under about 1 ft of lighter density snow

Red Flags
Red Flags
Recent Avalanches
Red Flags Comments
Saw a few newer avalanches from the last day or two. No other red flags. The snowpack seems to be stabilizing quickly. Could not find presence of buried SH. Most likely destroyed prior to storm. There is still a density change where the SH was but could not get any failure on that layer.
Avalanche Problem #1
Type
Loose Dry Snow
Problem #1 Comments

saw a few surface sluffs but only in the top 6" or so of the new snow. 

Avalanche Problem #2
Type
Wind Slab
Problem #2 Comments

Found a few very stiff wind slabs in exposed terrain. Some of these may be buried under the new lighter density snow and hard to see. 

Snow Profile
Comments

There are definitely density differences within the new snow but none appear to be overly worrisome. Stabilizing well but certainly not low danger. 

Today's Observed Danger Rating
Considerable
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating
Moderate
Snow Profile Coordinates