Observation: Humpy Creek

Observation Date
03/24/2017
Observer Name
Ted Scroggin

Region:

Location Name or Route
Humpy Creek
Weather
Sky
Clear
Wind Speed
Calm
Weather Comments
Nice cool start to the day with temperatures in the 20's and about 4" new at the trail head. Clear skies, little to calm winds on the ridge lines and a beautiful day in the mountains.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth
6"
New Snow Density
Medium
Snow Surface Conditions
Powder
Wind Crust
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments

A nice little re~set today with about 6" new medium density snow that helped to fill in old tracks.  The riding and turning on south facing slopes was short lived before the new snow became damp.  On the north side of the compass, quite nice powder that held up for a good portion of the day.  

 

Red Flags
Red Flags
Rapid Warming
Red Flags Comments
The heat quickly got to the south facing slopes, but I observed very little wet activity. North facing slopes held good snow well into the afternoon.
Avalanche Problem #1
Type
Loose Wet Snow
Trend
Decreasing Danger
Problem #1 Comments

I did not see any new wet activity, but the new snow quickly became damp and unstable on the south side of the compass.  A low hazard in the morning, rising to moderate with heating.  

Avalanche Problem #2
Type
Wind Slab
Trend
Decreasing Danger
Problem #2 Comments

Some very minor cracking and both hard and soft wind slabs off the ridge lines.  These were quite isolated and pockety and did not generally pose much problem, quickly breaking up as they moved down hill.  Felt like the hazard stayed low on the north facing slopes.  

Comments

A nice cool and beautiful morning with just a few new inches at the trail head.  The storm was a nice little re~set that helped fill in old tracks and made for a good day of riding and turning.  

A few minor shallow wind slabs on north and east facing slopes.  These were very isolated, did not involve much snow and not a big hazard.  

The new snow was melting quickly down low on the highway.  

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