Observation: East Wood Camp

Observation Date
01/28/2017
Observer Name
Toby Weed

Region:

Location Name or Route
East Wood Camp
Weather
Sky
Scattered
Wind Speed
Calm
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments

Thin sun-crust on south facing slopes.  Still fairly arduous breaking trail because you sink pretty deeply even with fat skis. 

Red Flags
Red Flags
Recent Avalanches
Collapsing
Poor Snowpack Structure
Red Flags Comments
I triggered a large audible collapse or whoompf on a southwest facing slope at 6300'. Whoompfs indicate unstable snow, and I found a weak layer of buried surface hoar and near surface facets capping a thin sun crust about 2' deep.
Avalanche Problem #1
Type
Persistent Slab
Trend
Same
Snow Profile
Aspect
Southwest
Elevation
6300
Comments

I could see some recent natural activity, repeaters in South Wood Camp.

This persistent weak layer is worrisome because it sits on top of a smooth and much harder sun-crust

The recent snow is sticking well to steep terrain until temperatures warm up. 

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