Observation: Logan Canyon

Observation Date
01/15/2018
Observer Name
Pagnucco, Weed

Region:

Location Name or Route
Bunchgrass
Weather
Weather Comments
warm, sunny day in the mountains
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions
Faceted Loose
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments

anything in the sun was warm and gloppy at low and mid elevations 

Red Flags
Red Flags
Poor Snowpack Structure
Red Flags Comments
checked out low to mid elevation snowpack and wasn't surprised to find a 50 cm cohesionless snowpack with snow no denser than 4F, and that's being generous. Impossible to test as failure/collapse/propagation occured upon any attenpt at isolation. Weakest of the weak is the basal facet layer 10 to 15 cm thick. 4 to 5 mm facets. NNE facing 7100' slope.
Comments

1. Shallow, weak snowpack.

2. Small surface hoar development on shady N facing terrain.

3. Normally frozen-over creek is open and running. 

4. Localized collapsing, small cracking. 

The small surface hoar and underlying NSF made for fun, fast sliding conditions on very low angle, shaded slopes. 

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