Observation: Camp Steiner

Observation Date
12/14/2017
Observer Name
Ted Scroggin

Region:

Location Name or Route
Ruth Lake, Steiner
Weather
Sky
Clear
Wind Direction
Northeast
Wind Speed
Light
Weather Comments
Sunny day with a few new inches of snow overnight, northeast winds kept the temperatures cool and it finally felt more like a December winter day.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth
4"
New Snow Density
Medium
Snow Surface Conditions
Powder
Wind Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments
Few inches of snow from yesterday freshened things up, but far from improving the riding and turning conditions. Also, little change in the avalanche hazard.
Red Flags
Red Flags
Poor Snowpack Structure
Red Flags Comments
Digging around the Camp Steiner area today the snow pack continues to grow weak. The weak sugary snow would just fall out of the pit as I was digging. The few crusts that are buried have become less supportive and the snow pack has lost some integrity.
Avalanche Problem #1
Type
Normal Caution
Trend
Same
Problem #1 Comments
The new snow was a welcome site this morning, but it did little to improve the bleak conditions out there and did not change the overall avalanche hazard.
Comments
1. About 3-5" of snow overnight softened the riding conditions on the highway, but not much else. 2. Some folks are still choosing to use the wheeled vehicle to get around.
A few photos of the thin conditions around the Bald Mtn. and Camp Steiner areas.
Today's Observed Danger Rating
Low
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating
Low
Snow Profile Coordinates