Observation: Chalk Creek

Observation Date
02/14/2018
Observer Name
Kikkert

Region:

Location Name or Route
Chalk Creek
Weather
Sky
Broken
Wind Direction
South
Wind Speed
Strong
Weather Comments
Winds in the 40s with gust in the 50s. Despite there not being a lot of snow available to transport, upper elevation northerly facing slopes were getting loaded with shallow, but reactive new wind slabs (see below).
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions
Dense Loose
Faceted Loose
Wind Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments

Highly variable, but still snow soft snow on sheltered north facing slopes.

Red Flags
Red Flags
Wind Loading
Avalanche Problem #1
Type
Wind Slab
Problem #1 Comments

Was able to easily trigger wind slabs on upper elevation north facing. In general, the wind slabs were thin, but a few pockets pulled out up to a foot deep. The wind slabs in semi-sheltered terrain were the most sensitive as they were being deposited over the light density snow from Monday. This light density snow from Monday faceted a bit Monday night and Tuesday. As a result, would expect that some of these wind slabs may stay sensitive tomorrow. In addition, they will be covered up with new snow tonight, and will be harder to recognize.

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