Observation: Garden City Bowls

Observation Date
01/7/2018
Observer Name
Sisneros Kidd

Region:

Location Name or Route
Garden City Bowls
Weather
Sky
Clear
Weather Comments
Got up out of the fog in the valley for a clear, warm afternoon.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth
4"
New Snow Density
Medium
Snow Surface Conditions
Dense Loose
Snow Characteristics Comments
Decent riding conditions on the E facing aspect. The new snow on SSW aspect was already starting to facet.
Red Flags
Red Flags
Cracking
Collapsing
Poor Snowpack Structure
Red Flags Comments
Lots of cracking. I initiated a rather large collapse on a 22 degree, W facing slope at approximately 8600'. We were skinning on an existing skin track and I was the second person in our party to load that slab before it collapsed. A good sign that those weak layers may not react to the first, or even second load, before they go.
Avalanche Problem #1
Type
Persistent Slab
Trend
Same
Problem #1 Comments
Both in the collapse on the W facing slope and the pit we dug on an E facing slope, the snow from the Christmas storm was failing on the large facets that were buried.
Today's Observed Danger Rating
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating
Moderate
Snow Profile Coordinates