Observation: Swan Flats Area

Observation Date
02/2/2018
Observer Name
C. Wyshnytzky

Region:

Location Name or Route
Ascent to Garden City Bowls
Weather
Sky
Overcast
Precipitation
Light Snowfall
Weather Comments
Appx. 13:15. Wind picking up and temperature dropping. Light snowfall was more like the finest line between snow and rain, very small particles. Fully overcast skies.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions
Dense Loose
Faceted Loose
Melt-Freeze Crust
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments
{Southwest facing} slopes: Faceted surface snow at higher elevations. Lower elevations with a combination of dense loose, damp, meltfreeze crust. No pit dug.
Red Flags
Red Flags
Cracking
Collapsing
Red Flags Comments
Appx. 13:15. One whumpf heard and felt, with only one skier and two dogs travelling, appx. 8,400 ft elevation, on {southwest facing} slope ascending from Swan Flat Road to the ridge line before Garden City Bowls. Cracking on surface at elevations higher than this.
Comments
I don't have a report from the Garden City Bowls. The snow was too deep and dense for the dogs to be enjoying themselves, and snow pack instability made me weary as a solo traveler.
Today's Observed Danger Rating
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating
Considerable
Snow Profile Coordinates