Observation: Cutler Ridge

Observation Date
01/28/2018
Observer Name
Megan Brandt, Bill Brandt, Lee Fortin

Region:

Location Name or Route
Cutler
Weather
Sky
Overcast
Wind Speed
Calm
Weather Comments
Very warm, 40°F in the parking lot and 32°F at 8700ft. Early morning sun created some greenhouse effect and later in the afternoon resulted in a thin crust.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions
Melt-Freeze Crust
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments

Thin breakable, melt freeze crust on wind effected snow at higher elevations.  Spring like, soft conditions below 7600 ft elevation which was where the skiing was the best.

Red Flags
Red Flags
Wind Loading
Poor Snowpack Structure
Avalanche Problem #1
Type
Persistent Slab
Trend
Same
Problem #1 Comments

Shovel sheer test resulted in a Q1 shear 94cm down with CTX and ECTX.  Persistent slab avalanches are not likely but will be large and dangerous if triggered.

Avalanche Problem #2
Type
Wind Slab
Trend
Decreasing Danger
Problem #2 Comments

High winds during the past few days created wind slabs that are now stubborn and do not react to ski cuts.

Snow Profile
Aspect
Northeast
Elevation
8700
Slope Angle
25
Comments

Shovel Shear Test resulting in Q1 shear 94cm down.  Failure above glacial ice layer at 26cm from ground.

Melt freeze crust approximately 30cm down.  

A few crust layers in the top half of the snow pack that were pencil to knife hardness.

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