Observation: No Name Bowl

Observation Date
02/17/2018
Observer Name
DB

Region:

Location Name or Route
No Name
Weather
Sky
Clear
Weather Comments
Teens in the am, 40ish at exit around 230pm
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions
Powder
Wind Crust
Melt-Freeze Crust
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments
Assorted crusts in the am, soft and settled in the shade, damp after 1-2
Red Flags
Red Flags
Wind Loading
Red Flags Comments
Large swaths of wind affected slopes and cornices
Avalanche Problem #1
Trend
Decreasing Danger
Problem #1 Comments
Storm snow settled to about 8 inches sitting on a melt freeze crust that will be something to consider if this next storm delivers as predicted
Snow Profile
Aspect
Northeast
Elevation
9700
Slope Angle
30
Comments
Good skiing in the protected areas. Of note was an obvious melt freeze crust under about 8 inches of settled snow - same culprit as the West monitor slide. Reactive above 35 degrees and something to watch as the next storm arrives. Pic of cornice drop, sluff from above, sluff from below, closeup. It's hard to see in the picture from below but the cornice chunk veered off to lookers right from the main part of the sluff, skidding atop the @2 inch melt freeze crust. Forecast was considerable, which was likely the case on steep wind slab terrain and will be decreasing but still sketchy tomorrow. Under 35 degrees is moderate with pockets of higher danger on rocky or shallow areas.
Today's Observed Danger Rating
Considerable
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating
Moderate
Snow Profile Coordinates