Observation: Wilderness Peak Area

Observation Date
03/4/2017
Observer Name
Weed, Staples

Region:

Location Name or Route
Steep Hollow UT, White Canyon, Wilderness Peak Area
Weather
Sky
Broken
Wind Direction
South
Wind Speed
Moderate
Weather Comments
Warm and breezy...a pleasent day in the mountains
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions
Powder
Wind Crust
Melt-Freeze Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments

Still lots of nice settled powder in the Franklin Basin area.  

Red Flags
Red Flags Comments
Nope
Avalanche Problem #1
Type
Cornice
Trend
Same
Problem #1 Comments

We avoided big slopes topped by huge cornices.  

Avalanche Problem #2
Type
Loose Wet Snow
Trend
Decreasing Danger
Problem #2 Comments

Clouds and a breeze kept the lid on heating and we did not find any slopes with sloppy surface snow in Franklin Basin.

Comments

We observed large glide cracks on the east face of Wilderness Peak.  Looks like folks are wisely not messing around on the steep slope under it.  You never know when a glide avalanche might occur, especially when it's warm. 

We dug about 6' deep to the ground and found deep, hard and stable snow on a southwest facing slope near the ID/UT state line at 7700'.

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