Observation: Salt Lake

Observation Date
12/13/2017
Observer Name
Evelyn

Region:

Location Name or Route
Point Supreme/Dry Fork
Weather
Sky
Broken
Wind Speed
Calm
Weather Comments
Hazy and/or smoky?
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions
Faceted Loose
Wind Crust
Melt-Freeze Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments

Still some soft, faceted snow on northerlies, but many slopes are heavily tracked and age-hardened.

Red Flags
Red Flags
Poor Snowpack Structure
Snow Profile
Aspect
Southeast
Elevation
10500
Slope Angle
30
Comments

Most of the focus has been on the weak, faceted snow pack on the shady slopes.  These are the slopes that will be most dangerous once it snows.

But I figured it was worth a quick look at the other "white" slopes - those sunny slopes still holding snow. This southeast facing, upper elevation slope has a very shallow snow pack - maybe averaging 8 to 12" deep - but deep enough to connect across small ground features.  It's capped with a hard, smooth ice layer.  I expect once it snows, the new snow will bond poorly to these icy crusts, and the snow will sluff and slide readily.  Avalanches will run fast on these crusted slopes, and entrain snow as they move down slope.

 

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