Observation: Hoyt Peak

Observation Date
02/19/2018
Observer Name
Michael Janulaitis

Region:

Location Name or Route
Hoyt Peak
Weather
Sky
Obscured
Precipitation
Heavy Snowfall
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth
15"
New Snow Density
Medium
Snow Surface Conditions
Powder
Red Flags
Red Flags
Heavy Snowfall
Cracking
Collapsing
Poor Snowpack Structure
Avalanche Problem #1
Type
Loose Dry Snow
Trend
Decreasing Danger
Avalanche Problem #2
Type
Storm Slab
Comments

I got out early this morning and headed up to Hoyt Peak for a quick look.  There was an average of 15" of new medium slightly upside-down snow.  I was able to remotely trigger a small cornice drop as I was passing by (safely out of it's way).  I also collapsed the new snow on a rollover from above.  Finally, I sluffed out the right flank off the peak in the typical spot (45+ dead north >10K).  Seems the new snow is bonding fairly well.  That said I certainly didn't ski off the peak.  I kept in the tight trees which skied great.

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