Observation: Pt. 9248

Observation Date
11/11/2017
Observer Name
Toby Weed

Region:

Location Name or Route
Cornice Ridge, Grandfather Cornice Area
Weather
Sky
Broken
Wind Direction
Southwest
Wind Speed
Light
Weather Comments
Nice weather, although perhaps a bit mild
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth
1"
New Snow Density
Medium
Snow Surface Conditions
Powder
Faceted Loose
Wind Crust
Melt-Freeze Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments

 Snow blankets upper elevation slopes facing all directions, but it's fairly shallow (only one to two feet above 8200').  Early season conditions exist and hitting rocks or deadfall is a significant hazard. 

The snow is moderately supportable, more so on upper elevation slopes where sunny slopes are crusty and wind exposed slopes are scoured.  I found some pockets of nice re-crystallized powder in sheltered terrain, with sun and wind crusts, and isolated wind slabs up high. 

Avalanche Problem #1
Type
Wind Slab
Trend
Same
Problem #1 Comments

Isolated wind slab avalanches up to about 1' deep are unlikely but possible in very steep drifted upper elevation terrain.

Snow Profile
Elevation
9200
Slope Angle
22
Comments

At least it's white!  A look at the shallow snow cover in the Naomi Pk/Cornice Ridge Area 

Mt. Elmer and the southern sisters in the Mt. Naomi Wilderness as seen from the north.

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