Observation: SE Idaho

Observation Date
04/12/2017
Observer Name
Pagnucco, Davis

Region:

Location Name or Route
St. Charles Canyon, Green Canyon
Weather
Weather Comments
started out warm but got HOT by early afternoon.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth
6"
New Snow Density
High
Snow Surface Conditions
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments

Damp snow from last weekend's storm on a supportable base made for excellent sledding conditions today. Surface snow was very wet and saturated by noon. Stayed clear of any steep slopes.

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

Saw a large loose wet avalanche near Wilderness Peak  (east facing 9200') maybe 200' wide running 800" vertical (?). We were very far away so the pic is grainy. There appears to be two large glide cracks on the same slope. 

Loose wet activity to the skier's right of main gut of St.Charles canyon bowl. (same site as nasty accident a few years ago where a sledder was caught, buried and severely injured in an avalanche.)

 

Comments

1. Loose wet activity in St. Charles Canyon bowl.
2. Ride anywhere conditions made for a fun exploring day. 
3. Loose wet slide near Wilderness Peak.
4. Creeks are opening up making for sometimes challenging route-finding. 

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