Observation: Bridge Canyon

Observation Date
02/25/2017
Observer Name
brian smith

Region:

Location Name or Route
bridge canyon to 7900 ft.
Weather
Sky
Overcast
Precipitation
Light Snowfall
Wind Direction
West
Wind Speed
Moderate
Weather Comments
snowing lightly with strong west winds on the ridges.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth
3"
New Snow Density
Low
Snow Surface Conditions
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments

Super light density snow on all of the protected areas, nice turning. At  7800 ft. the storm snow has settle to around 15 inches on the old pack which is now mostly frozen ice. Strong west wind on the ridges. 

Red Flags
Red Flags
Heavy Snowfall
Wind Loading
Red Flags Comments
The only red flags seen were on the ridges. The new snow has bonded well to the old 'ice pack'.
Avalanche Problem #1
Type
Wind Slab
Trend
Increasing Danger
Problem #1 Comments

The only issue I observed today is the wind loading from the strong west winds. These were quite sensitive. 

Avalanche Problem #2
Type
Cornice
Trend
Increasing Danger
Problem #2 Comments

Super large cornices on the ridges, it is difficult to tell where the earth ends and the snow starts. 

Comments

Photo of sensitive wind slab cracking and breaking near a ridge upon approach. 

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