Observation: North Creek - Abajo Mtns.

Observation Date
03/2/2018
Observer Name
Hardesty, Wilson, Dressel

Region:

Location Name or Route
Upper North Creek
Weather
Sky
Clear
Wind Direction
South
Wind Speed
Moderate
Weather Comments
Gusts to strong; another dust event for the mountains today.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions
Dense Loose
Wind Crust
Melt-Freeze Crust
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments

Plenty of wind and sun damage but still good riding conditions in sun and wind sheltered terrain.  Plenty of south and and westerly aspects completely scoured.

Surface hoar noted in localized terrain but laying over...perhaps more upright in more protected areas.

RR and diurnal squares noted in localized areas.  Some areas will have a weak snow surface for poor bonding with additional snowfall provided it has not degraded or healed in coming days. 

Red Flags
Red Flags
Wind Loading
Poor Snowpack Structure
Red Flags Comments
General poor structure though mostly dormant* for the time being. Additional wind loading noted but not optimal wind speeds for classic wind drifts. Hard slabs possible in isolated terrain.
Comments
Video

Top two photos correspond with snowpilot profiles.

Subsequent photos of snow surface conditions.

No camping allowed.

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