Observation: Duke Bowl

Observation Date
02/4/2017
Observer Name
Michael Janulaitis

Region:

Location Name or Route
Duke
Weather
Sky
Broken
Wind Direction
Southwest
Wind Speed
Moderate
Weather Comments
Warm day, windy enough to cause the pines on the ridge tops to occationally sway.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth
8"
New Snow Density
Medium
Snow Surface Conditions
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments

Surface snow up high was light enough to ski, however; the old snow was damp.  Thanks to the medium snow density I stayed clear of the typically wind loaded terrain and instead kept my angles low and stayed clear of open slopes.

Red Flags
Red Flags
Recent Avalanches
Cracking
Rapid Warming
Avalanche Problem #1
Type
Storm Slab
Avalanche Problem #2
Type
Persistent Slab
Trend
Decreasing Danger
Snow Profile
Aspect
Northwest
Elevation
10500
Slope Angle
10
Comments

I was able to get the new snow to easily fail on my compression test.  A few more taps and the rest of the snow from the previous storm failed.  The layers both had too much friction to slide off the block.

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