Observation: Double Hill

Observation Date
04/27/2017
Observer Name
Ted Scroggin

Region:

Location Name or Route
Whitney Basin-Double Hill
Weather
Sky
Obscured
Precipitation
Moderate Snowfall
Wind Direction
West
Wind Speed
Moderate
Weather Comments
Mostly clouds and moderate snow fall with a few brief minutes of sun and gusty southwest winds even getting into lower terrain.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth
8"
New Snow Density
Medium
Snow Surface Conditions
Powder
Wind Crust
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments
Several new inches overnight and about a foot or so of new snow this past week in the Whitney Basin. When the visibility was good the riding conditions were fairly nice and supportable.
Red Flags
Red Flags
Recent Avalanches
Wind Loading
Cracking
Red Flags Comments
Moderate to strong winds were moving lots of snow around, creating quite sensitive soft wind slabs. These were up to two feet deep and a couple hundred feet wide. Both human and naturally triggered avalanches were observed on northeast through southeast facing slopes.
Avalanche Problem #1
Type
Wind Slab
Trend
Same
Problem #1 Comments
Conditions today were " touchy " with easily human triggered soft wind slabs and some natural avalanches taking place.
Comments
A few inches overnight around the Bear River Ranger Station and a little more in the higher terrain.
A foot or so of snow has fallen the last few days capping off some various crusts and damp snow underneath. The snow stayed relatively cool and supportable throughout the day.
Both easily human triggered slides and naturals today on recent wind loaded slopes facing northeast through southeast. These were up to two feet deep and a couple hundred feet wide.
Today's Observed Danger Rating
None
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating
None
Snow Profile Coordinates