Observation: Dog Leg Trees

Observation Date
11/19/2017
Observer Name
Rosenberg

Region:

Location Name or Route
Providence Canyon, Dogleg trees
Weather
Sky
Clear
Wind Direction
North
Wind Speed
Moderate
Weather Comments
Nice day to be out. Moderate wind on the ridge, starting to load a few hundred feet below the ridge. Calm lower down
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth
5"
New Snow Density
Low
Snow Surface Conditions
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments
50 cm total snow at 8,000 ft. A lot less than further north in the Bear River range. Top 10 cm new snow, fist hard Next 10 cm melt/freeze crust, pen/knife hard Next 10 cm very weak, 5-finger/fist hard. Not faceted, but snow grains about 2mm in size. Bottom 20 cm, 1-finger hard It took a lot of force to kick a pole, ski, or boot through the melt/freeze layer. Shovel test failed unenthusiastically at 22 at the interface between the melt/freeze crust and weak snow below. The crust layer just slouched a few inches. Extended column test also failed unenthusiastically at 22 on the same interface. No propagation. The melt/freeze crust just broke in half. No other signs of instability while climbing or skiing except when catching skins and skis on brush, branches, and poorly covered stuff.
Red Flags
Red Flags
Poor Snowpack Structure
Snow Profile
Aspect
North
Elevation
8000
Slope Angle
30
Today's Observed Danger Rating
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating
Low
Snow Profile Coordinates