Observation: Horse Hollow

Observation Date
12/24/2017
Observer Name
Toddeo

Region:

Location Name or Route
Pahvants - Horse Hollow
Weather
Sky
Obscured
Precipitation
Light Snowfall
Wind Speed
Calm
Weather Comments
Cloudy day, started out with warm air overiding the colder air in the valley. Ended with very light snow up high and a few raindrops in town.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions
Powder
Melt-Freeze Crust
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments

Still some dry snow on north aspects.  Lower elevations had a zipper crust from yesterdays warm temps. The lower part of the Chalk Creek Road was frozen tire tracks for a Mr. Toads wild ride exit.  Some damp snow on my exit.

Some surface hoar this morning (photo below), this formed overnight.

Red Flags
Red Flags Comments
No real red flags in this area. I only made it to 7,400'. With a total HS of 14" I had to walk down portions of my exit back to the Chalk Creek Road.
Avalanche Problem #1
Type
Normal Caution
Problem #1 Comments

Normal Caution for the current conditions in this area.

Avalanche Problem #2
Type
Wet Slab
Problem #2 Comments

Wet snow may be an issue with upcoming warm weather predictions.

Low danger due to lack of snow.

Snow Profile
Aspect
North
Elevation
7400
Slope Angle
20
Comments

Not very exciting, 14" of settled snow sitting on the ground.  There was some drifting in this area.

Photos below:

1.  Surface hoar.

2. The elk are moving to the valley, looking down off the Chalk Creek Road, these tracks were not here yesterday.

3.  Looking north from the snow profile area.  South facing terrain.

4. North and north west facing terrain from the snow profile,

5.  Upper Horse Hollow, this area was filled in and skiable this time last year.

 

 

Waiting game for more snow.  If someone was to venture to the upper elevation north aspects, I would guess a moderate hazard.

I would like to thank the local elk for their trail breaking assistance in this area.

Merry Xmas to all!  Someone needs to remind Santa that I have been very good and would like a huge snow storm for Xmas!

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