Observation: Powder Mountain Backcountry

Observation Date
02/14/2017
Observer Name
Craig O.

Region:

Location Name or Route
Powder Mtn Backcountry
Weather
Sky
Clear
Wind Speed
Calm
Weather Comments
Clear and unseasonably warm
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions
Powder
Melt-Freeze Crust
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments

North slopes had 6" of powder on a hard rain crust. West slopes were ice or breakable crust that warmed to glop in the afternoon.  South exposures had great corn skiing on a 4" supportable M/F crust. Yes corn skiing in February.

Red Flags
Red Flags
Rapid Warming
Red Flags Comments
Only red flag was the rapid warming from a low in the 20's. Although our last run was around 1430hrs. and did not produce roller balls. Just fine corn skiing. Skied between 8320" and 7600".
Avalanche Problem #1
Type
Wet Slab
Trend
Same
Problem #1 Comments

I suppose if this heat keeps up and we do not get a great refreeze tonight we could see a few wet slabs or point releases coming down tomorrow afternoon.

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