Observation: No Name Bowl

Observation Date
01/20/2018
Observer Name
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Region:

Location Name or Route
No Name Bowl
Weather
Sky
Obscured
Precipitation
Light Snowfall
Wind Direction
Northeast
Wind Speed
Light
Weather Comments
A little but of a cold NE wind on the ridge line, light snow most of the day with not much accumulation. Felt like winter again.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth
11"
New Snow Density
Low
Snow Surface Conditions
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments

7 to 8 inches of new snow at Solitude increasing to 10 to 12 in No Name Bowl. Super light density snow right side up and for the most part non wind affected. You could still see remnants of old tracks from the previous days.
 

Red Flags
Red Flags
Poor Snowpack Structure
Red Flags Comments
Not many red flags today, no cracking or collapsing not much wind and super light density snow, but snow pack structure trumps all the other red flags, as we saw a skier triggered an avalanche pull out to the ground mid-day, I put that on the avalanche page.
Comments

Not wanting to ski south facing because we figured it would be dust on crust decided to head out to No Name Bowl. You could still see our old tracks from previous days and figured there wasn't much  weight added to the snow-pack by the light density snow. we decided to start out conservative and after ski cutting we skied the old bed surface of the slide from 9 days ago, you could still feel the old debris and tracks from previous days. Long running sluffs in steeper terrain was the theme of the day so we used ski cuts to release them before skiing. We have been avoiding the middle of the bowl all year because of the steep rocky roll-over about 30 or so feet down the slope, and we continued to avoid it today. The avalanche that was triggered took out a good size chunk of the bowl but left our tracks intact. Thin rocky spots are especially suspect this year and I've been avoiding them at all cost. our persistent slab problem is not going away anytime soon and carful consideration should be used when skiing steeper slopes on the N end of the compass.

Photos: long running sluffs in steeper terrain, the crown of a shallow soft slab triggered on a steep portion of the slope, and a shot of tracks on the slope before the avalanche, our tracks on the skiers left did not get taken out by the avalanche but the two tracks in the middle under the roll did

Drew hit it on the head today, moderate in most all terrain today except for the pockets of SCARY, IF we receive much more snow or have a wind event I would call the hazard considerable tomorrow, if not moderate sound right

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