Observation: South Tony Grove

Observation Date
02/24/2017
Observer Name
Toby

Region:

Location Name or Route
Deer Stand trees, the Ramp
Weather
Sky
Obscured
Precipitation
Heavy Snowfall
Wind Direction
Southwest
Wind Speed
Moderate
Weather Comments
Periods of heavy snowfall. ongoing drifting of the light snow
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth
12"
New Snow Density
Low
Snow Surface Conditions
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments

Top notch powder riding conditions

Red Flags
Red Flags
Heavy Snowfall
Wind Loading
Cracking
Red Flags Comments
Conditions did not appear to be all that dangerous. Certainly potential for soft slab activity, and observed many d 1 sluffs on very steep slopes. Cracking in the snow surface perhaps 2" deep in wind affected areas.
Avalanche Problem #1
Type
Wind Slab
Trend
Increasing Danger
Problem #1 Comments

Not much of an issue for me, since I stayed in mostly low angled terrain.  Wind slabs will be an issue if wind speeds increase, but wind slabs were very soft and not a huge threat today.

Avalanche Problem #2
Type
Loose Dry Snow
Trend
Same
Problem #2 Comments

I noticed lots of natural sluffing off very steep slopes and avoided travel under such slopes.  I was not really able to trigger anything on slopes where I skied, but surface snow was cracking and moving with me for shot distances.

Snow Profile
Aspect
Northeast
Elevation
8300
Slope Angle
27
Comments

I noted extensive sluffing off steep slopes and a  2" deep, 200' wide tiny natural soft wind slab release at 7000' that occurred during a period of very heavy snowfall.

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