Observation: Willard Peak

Observation Date
03/9/2017
Observer Name
Hardesty, Pollick, Fast Jimmy

Region:

Location Name or Route
Willard Peak and environs
Weather
Sky
Few
Wind Direction
West
Wind Speed
Moderate
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions
Wind Crust
Melt-Freeze Crust
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments

5 star views, 5 star company, 3 star skiing.  Maybe more.  Supportable wind buff, quasi-corn all consistent.  Some rimed snow surfaces predominantly up high and westerly.  

Red Flags
Red Flags
Rapid Warming
Avalanche Problem #1
Type
Loose Wet Snow
Problem #1 Comments

Loose wet commonplace up to size 1.5 on sunny aspects from Wed; this also noted on mid-elevation northerly aspects today as well, though more minor in scope.  Cloud cover and moderate westerly winds kept things in check; but enough blue sky to adequately ventilate the snow surfaces (ie - no greenhousing). 

Avalanche Problem #2
Type
Storm Slab
Problem #2 Comments

Mostly healed and dormant; clean CTM shears a foot down though no propagation with tests.  Remnant layering as noted in control work with air blasts from two days ago on the east side of the Eden valley.  

Comments

Looking down at old debris piles.  Significant avalanche damage in Cutler Creek and in the basin.  

Random glide crack 

Gigantic cornices to be avoided along the skyline

The skyline

Today's Observed Danger Rating
None
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating
None
Snow Profile Coordinates