Observation: Snowbasin Backcountry

Observation Date
12/6/2017
Observer Name
Lees, Pagnucco

Region:

Location Name or Route
Middle Bowl
Weather
Sky
Clear
Wind Direction
North
Wind Speed
Light
Weather Comments
Crisp, clear day. Northerly winds only really affecting ridgelines.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth
12"
New Snow Density
Medium
Snow Surface Conditions
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments

The snow from the Sunday/Monday storm has settled and is beginning to facet. Small surface hoar made for fun turns on LOW angle terrain as the snow pack is still very shallow even at high elevations. 

 

 

Red Flags
Red Flags
Collapsing
Red Flags Comments
Observers noted some collapsing, likely occurring on a layer of faceted snow above the hard crust and below the new snow.
Snow Profile
Aspect
North
Elevation
8800
Slope Angle
32
Comments
  • They were no signs of avalanches which is not surprising given the nature of the snowpack - lack of a slab on the weak layers on wind sheltered slopes. I would be suspicious of wind drifts along the ridge lines.
  • As high pressure sets in, the snow will continue to weaken under the clear skies and cold nights. 
  • A concern is the thick ice layer near the base of the snowpack will be an excellent bed surface, with slides running repeatedly down to this surface.

 

A bit of wind along the ridge line, drifting snow.

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