Observation: Garden City Bowls

Observation Date
02/13/2018
Observer Name
Pagnucco

Region:

Location Name or Route
Garden City Bowls
Weather
Sky
Clear
Weather Comments
Stunning day. Blue skies and not a breath of wind.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions
Dense Loose
Wind Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments

Very firm conditions in general. Tough skinning on W facing steeper slopes where base was rock hard and covered with small slippery surface hoar. 

Found some "softer" snow on E facing sheltered slopes though turns were inconsistent and punchy. 

Red Flags
Red Flags
Poor Snowpack Structure
Red Flags Comments
No other red flags except the poor snowpack structure that has been in place most of the season.
Snow Profile
Aspect
East
Elevation
8700
Slope Angle
35
Comments

HS is about 100 cm. Weak overall - getting off of skis sinks you deep into old facets. 

Two layers of concern:

1. Obvious buried surface hoar at 72cm. Reactive with CT 13. 

2. Not so obvious weak, older facets at 39cm. CT 16. ECTP 30.

(Also had the entire column collapse upon isolation at the ground for initial CT.)

Photos of small surface hoar, obvious buried surface hoar (marked by shovel handle), medium facets at 39cm.

Otto had easy digging conditions as the snow is generally weak and sugary throughout. He struggled going down though as he punched through the variably supportable buried soft wind crust. 

High elevations still look pretty well covered though trailhead access across the zone is thin and icy. 

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