Observation: Tony Grove-Blind Hollow Saddle

Observation Date
11/19/2017
Observer Name
Toby Weed

Region:

Location Name or Route
TG/Blind Saddle
Weather
Sky
Few
Wind Direction
South
Wind Speed
Moderate
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth
16"
New Snow Density
Low
Snow Surface Conditions
Powder
Avalanche Problem #1
Type
Wind Slab
Problem #1 Comments

Ongoing drifting... Noted some stiff slabs near ridge

Snow Profile
Aspect
North
Elevation
8800
Slope Angle
22
Comments

The storm on Saturday started with rain,which saturated the underlying snow.  Temperatures dropped during the storm and the snow fell "right side up" or heavy and dense below and nice and light up high.  The saturated early November snow is developing a solid crust, now capping weak snow below...

I did get propagation with ECT test, failed on small damp facets just below saturated layer.

e evidence of a small natural avalanche from during the storm in East Miller Bowl... A wind slab, 1' deep by 50' wide, running around 400' vrt.

I found good coverage, even on the ridge.  The fresh surface snow was wind affected and I noted some ongoing drifting.

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