Observation: Silver Fork

Observation Date
02/24/2018
Observer Name
CDolan

Region:

Location Name or Route
Meadow Chutes
Weather
Sky
Overcast
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions
Powder
Dense Loose
Snow Profile
Aspect
Northeast
Elevation
9600
Slope Angle
25
Comments
Snow pit was dug on the NE aspect of the north end of Meadow Chutes, just north of Brad's Line. Total snow depth ~130 cm. Dust layer at ~90 cm depth, thin faceted layers at ~80cm and ~65 cm (small crystals). Large layer (~7cm thick) of large sugary facets at ground. One single column compression test failed on 21st compression (1st at full arm force) on the weak layer at ~65 to 70 cm, a second single column test failed on the 22nd compression (2nd at full arm force) at the facets near the ground. Two extended column tests (one with a three shovel width column and one with a two shovel width column) were performed, with one breaking at ~75cm (non planar break) and one breaking at ~80cm (planar break), but neither showed any propagation across the column.
Today's Observed Danger Rating
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating
Considerable
Snow Profile Coordinates