Observation: Paradise Dry

Observation Date
01/29/2017
Observer Name
Toby Weed

Region:

Location Name or Route
Paradise Dry Canyon
Weather
Sky
Clear
Wind Speed
Calm
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments

Fine powder riding conditions, but south facing slopes were sun affected.

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

a layer of buried surface hoar was obvious in several pits.   On off aspect sunny slopes (SE-SW) the SH layer is capping a sun-crust. 

Snow Profile
Aspect
West
Elevation
7200
Slope Angle
34
Comments

Ski cuts today in unsupported snow above recently cut cat-road triggered localized 2' deep soft slabs on layer of buried surface hoar.  Same thing happened nearby on Friday.

A nice fresh crop of feathery surface hoar crystals grow on top of today's nice powder.

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