Observation: Patsey Trees

Observation Date
01/14/2018
Observer Name
Prival AIARE 2

Region:

Location Name or Route
Patsy Marly
Weather
Sky
Clear
Wind Direction
Southwest
Wind Speed
Calm
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions
Powder
Faceted Loose
Snow Characteristics Comments
Persistent Slab continues to haunt upper elevations on all aspects. Mid elevations on Northerly slopes remain suspect. Continuing trend of low probability high consequence. The pockets of terrain holding optimal snow (more coverage, less rocks) with angles below 30 degrees are highly trafficked. Observed ski tracks in areas of suspect. Steeper slope angles and Southerly high elevation aspects that are holding faceted snow below the persistent slab are seeing high traffic. Note buried facets on 10,200ft Southwest aspect Patsy Marly Ridgeline were observed.
Red Flags
Red Flags
Poor Snowpack Structure
Avalanche Problem #1
Type
Persistent Slab
Trend
Same
Problem #1 Comments
Observed buried facets on South West aspect at 10,200'.
Snow Profile
Aspect
North
Elevation
10000
Slope Angle
26
Today's Observed Danger Rating
Considerable
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating
Considerable
Snow Profile Coordinates