Observation: Big Water

Observation Date
12/28/2017
Observer Name
Mike DiBiasio & Mike Flynn

Region:

Location Name or Route
Big Water Peak & Soldier Peak
Weather
Sky
Clear
Wind Direction
West
Wind Speed
Light
Weather Comments
Wind was undetectable to us until around 11a.m. when we noticed some gusting from the west on the saddle between Big Water and Soldier Peaks.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth
2'
New Snow Density
Medium
Snow Surface Conditions
Dense Loose
Wind Crust
Melt-Freeze Crust
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments
Snow on the saddle was about 2' deep. The top 12" were dense. The bottom 12" were completely faceted and loose (see photo below). Our ECT failed on isolation.
Red Flags
Red Flags
Recent Avalanches
Cracking
Collapsing
Poor Snowpack Structure
Red Flags Comments
Whoomphing was observed twice on the saddles between Soldier and Big Water Peaks. Whoomphing was also observed multiple times on our exit through Butler Fork along creek beds and hillsides along the summer trail. We observed a small, old slide on the hillside along the summer trail near the trailhead (see photo).
Snow Profile
Aspect
Northeast
Elevation
8900
Slope Angle
30
Comments
Snow profile photo shows the cohesive 12" layer on top of 12" of facets that we dug out with our hands. Bottom photo shows the small slide along the Butler Fork trail.
Today's Observed Danger Rating
Considerable
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating
Considerable
Snow Profile Coordinates