Observation: Hells Kitchen

Observation Date
12/11/2017
Observer Name
Toby Weed

Region:

Location Name or Route
Hells Kitchen
Weather
Sky
Few
Wind Speed
Calm
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions
Faceted Loose
Melt-Freeze Crust
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments

Found nice, fast, soft, recrystallized (or faceted) snow in sheltered shady terrain.  Solar warmth causing snow on south facing slopes to be moist and sloppy in the neat of the day and crusty when shaded.

Red Flags
Red Flags
Poor Snowpack Structure
Avalanche Problem #1
Type
Normal Caution
Trend
Same
Problem #1 Comments

 Some potential for loose avalanches on very steep slopes.  Dry sluffs in the shade, moist sluffs in the sun.

Evidence of widespread natural avalanches in Hells Kitchen on steep north through east facing slopes at upper elevations from 12/3/17 mid storm cycle.

Snow Profile
Aspect
Northeast
Elevation
8800
Slope Angle
34
Comments

Large, beautiful surface hoar feathers adorned the snow surface at lower elevations in Franklin Basin and in the Hells Kitchen canyon bottom.  

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