Observation: Whites Canyon

Observation Date
02/13/2017
Observer Name
Pagnucco, Weed

Region:

Location Name or Route
Whites to Crooked Creek
Weather
Sky
Clear
Weather Comments
Stellar day in the bc
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth
10"
New Snow Density
Medium
Snow Surface Conditions
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments

New snow is starting to settle as well as facet. Riding conditions were great  - crust was mostly supportable. Turning conditions were decent in soft, settled powder though there were some breakable wind crusts scattered around. Skinning up was a chore on steeper slopes as the surface 10" is already faceting and the crust below it slippery. 

Red Flags
Red Flags Comments
experienced no red flags where we traveled today. Sheltered south ish facing areas did get pretty warm though we didn't see rollerballs, etc.
Snow Profile
Comments

Very supportable riding and turning conditions today all around the compass. The sun set off the south facing slopes but the north sides stayed cold enough to keep the snow dry. Steeper angles were a bit tricky with the bomber yet slippery rain crust hiding under about 10" of new. Lower angle was better. No signs of instability. Green light conditions. The new snow is beginning to facet so I imagine it will continue to ski well as it deteriorates under this week's high pressure. The rain crust is STOUT. Needed the saw to get through it. 

Rain runnels (covered by about 10" new snow) apparent all over especially on slopes under 8500'. Saw some older wet activity as well. 

Video
Today's Observed Danger Rating
Low
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating
Low
Snow Profile Coordinates