Observation: Wolf Creek Pass

Observation Date
12/31/2017
Observer Name
Dylan & Eric bishop-berry

Region:

Location Name or Route
Wolf Creek Pass
Weather
Sky
Clear
Wind Direction
East
Wind Speed
Light
Weather Comments
Weather did not seem to be affecting stability.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions
Dense Loose
Red Flags
Red Flags
Wind Loading
Cracking
Poor Snowpack Structure
Red Flags Comments
Noticed some cracking on a few test slopes on northwest aspects on the walk out. Wind loading and cornice formation was apparent on the ridge lines from christmas storm.
Avalanche Problem #1
Type
Persistent Slab
Snow Profile
Aspect
Northeast
Elevation
9500
Slope Angle
20
Comments
pit on NE aspect at 9500 ft, slope angle was 20 degrees, 75 cm snowpack depth. top 30cm was pretty cohesive and gaining strength. Below the top 30 cm was a thin crust with facets below it all the way to the ground. CT tests result was CT4 Q2 with failure 5 to 10 cm from ground. Second CT result was CT 7 Q2, with failure at the same depth. ECT test result was ECTP 14 Q2.
Today's Observed Danger Rating
Considerable
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating
Considerable
Snow Profile Coordinates