Observation: No Name Bowl

Observation Date
01/3/2018
Observer Name
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Region:

Location Name or Route
No Name Bowl
Weather
Sky
Few
Weather Comments
Warm with hardly any wind on the PC Ridgeline.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions
Dense Loose
Faceted Loose
Wind Crust
Melt-Freeze Crust
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments

Dense loose settled powder on the treed W facing, faceted loose on the steep, protected N-NE facing, wind crust in wind exposed terrain, damp on the south end of the compass.

Red Flags
Red Flags
Poor Snowpack Structure
Comments

Decided it was time to go test some steeper N facing terrain, figured the slab should be breaking down by now with clear somewhat cold nights, warm days and a shallow snow-pack. In No Name bowl the slab has done more than just relax and break down a bit, it has transformed in to a completely faceted out snow pack except for a supportable hard crust at the ground interface. The faceting machine has been on full blast and the layered snow-pack of last week has become a pile of loose facets, you could get some long running facet sluffs by initiating them with ski cuts in the steeper terrain, the facets would flow down the slope like a river and gouge down to the crust. Not all slopes are like this, some of the more exposed slopes on the PC Ridgeline still have visible wind slabs and I wouldn't be surprised if you could get them to slide if you tried hard enough. The future doesn't look bright for No Name Bowl, it has a fairly hard bed surface and plenty of weak snow to create avalanches if we ever get another storm.

Photos: facets sluffs initiated with ski cuts and turns.

Low seems right for most terrain, Moderate in steep winded terrain on the N end of the compass.

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