Observation: Red Pine

Observation Date
01/14/2018
Observer Name
Ben Bauter

Region:

Location Name or Route
Red Pine
Weather
Sky
Clear
Weather Comments
Beautiful blue bird days. Mild temps in the upper 20's. Little to no wind.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Density
Medium
Snow Surface Conditions
Powder
Faceted Loose
Snow Characteristics Comments

Good riding on West- North- East aspects. Surface hoar was tall and the near surface facets made for good skiing and riding. With this new storm coming in this weekend this new large surface hoar layer could become another issue. 

Red Flags
Red Flags
Cracking
Collapsing
Poor Snowpack Structure
Red Flags Comments
Still have local small collapsing and shooting cracks in some places. Small cracking under foot also.
Avalanche Problem #1
Type
Persistent Slab
Problem #1 Comments

We currently have two layers that are producing reactive ECT results on the NW aspects in Bloomington canyon. The persistent layer from 35-50cm on the ground is still producing ECTP14,16,13 SC Q1.

Avalanche Problem #2
Type
Storm Slab
Problem #2 Comments

The storm that came in Jan 11-12 was reactive @20cm down from the surface ECTP8,10 SC Q1.

Comments

All in things are still pretty iffy out there. Still seeing cracking and collapse. Good fast snow can be had with the loud pow on sheltered NW-NE slopes. 

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