Observation: Snowbasin Backcountry

Observation Date
04/13/2017
Observer Name
Pagnucco, Davis

Region:

Location Name or Route
Snowbasin Backcountry
Weather
Wind Direction
South
Wind Speed
Strong
Weather Comments
Decided to do a short hike in the wind zone. Yes, it was windy. No snow transport though.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions
Wind Crust
Melt-Freeze Crust
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments

A variety of surface conditions today but anything touched by direct sun was wet. Due north had pockets of less wet snow. 

Red Flags
Red Flags
Rapid Warming
Red Flags Comments
Warm temps and warm wind caused the surface snow to become saturated by mid morning.
Avalanche Problem #1
Type
Loose Wet Snow
Problem #1 Comments

Observed rollerballs and pinwheels as well as loose wet sluffs on east and south facing slopes at upper elevations.

Comments

Conditions were spring like with heavy wet surface snow. Some areas of corn but need a good melt-freeze cycle to shore things up. 

1. Loose wet slide
2. Skin spaghetti after transitioning in the wind zone
3. What happens when you break your binding at the top of the windy, needless cirque. 

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