Observation: Steep Hollow

Observation Date
02/19/2018
Observer Name
Toby Weed

Region:

Location Name or Route
Steep Hollow
Weather
Sky
Overcast
Precipitation
Light Snowfall
Wind Direction
Northwest
Wind Speed
Moderate
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth
18"
New Snow Density
Low
Snow Surface Conditions
Powder
Snow Characteristics Comments

Fine deep powder riding and skiing conditions.  Slight wind-crust on the surface in exposed terrain in the afternoon.

Red Flags
Red Flags
Heavy Snowfall
Cracking
Poor Snowpack Structure
Avalanche Problem #1
Type
Storm Slab
Trend
Decreasing Danger
Avalanche Problem #2
Type
Persistent Slab
Trend
Same
Problem #2 Comments

There are a couple buried weak layers.   I do not like and never trust treacherous facets.

Snow Profile
Aspect
Northwest
Elevation
8600
Slope Angle
24
Comments

I found a couple buried weak layers made up of sugary faceted snow.  The old December facets are still dry and loose and haven't gained much strength. The snow directly under the prominent, translucent 1/27 rain-crust is now small facets, and it is of particular concern, since it's generally less than two feet deep.

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