Observation: Whitney Basin

Observation Date
04/29/2017
Observer Name
Ted Scroggin

Region:

Location Name or Route
Whitney Basin
Weather
Sky
Scattered
Wind Direction
Northeast
Wind Speed
Moderate
Weather Comments
Chilly start to the day with northeast winds and scattered clouds in the morning and mostly sunny in the afternoon. The northeast winds kept the temperatures cool.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth
18"
New Snow Density
Low
Snow Surface Conditions
Powder
Wind Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments
Quite the storm, with a nice 18~20" in the Whitney Basin and the snow quality was like January conditions early in the day. The riding and turning conditions were amazing for almost May.
Red Flags
Red Flags
Recent Avalanches
Wind Loading
Red Flags Comments
Moderate northeast winds were finding lots of snow to move around onto unusual slopes. Some localized cracking of the recent wind slabs, but nothing too reactive in our travels. A decent natural avalanche cycle late yesterday with numerous shallow soft wind and storm slabs on the north aspects.
Avalanche Problem #1
Type
Wind Slab
Trend
Decreasing Danger
Problem #1 Comments
Fresh wind slabs were the main concern early in the day, but these appeared to settled out as the afternoon warmed up.
Comments
Riders are taking advantage of this exceptional winter and spring with great riding for the end of April.
A small natural avalanche cycle likely happening during yesterday's steady snowfall on the north facing slopes.
Not much good from northeast winds as the north facing slopes were pretty worked over up near the ridge lines.
Pretty amazing powder conditions for the end of April.
Today's Observed Danger Rating
None
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating
None
Snow Profile Coordinates