Observation: Monte Cristo

Observation Date
03/4/2018
Observer Name
Mike Fogg

Region:

Location Name or Route
North East of Little Monte
Weather
Sky
Overcast
Precipitation
Moderate Snowfall
Wind Speed
Moderate
Weather Comments
gusting winds and snowing heavy at times
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth
4"
New Snow Density
Low
Snow Surface Conditions
Powder
Wind Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments

New snow on a crust. Likely wind and old sun crust.

Red Flags
Red Flags
Heavy Snowfall
Wind Loading
Poor Snowpack Structure
Avalanche Problem #1
Type
Wind Slab
Trend
Increasing Danger
Problem #1 Comments

consistent winds all day with strong gusts on the ridges. few protected areas where snow was piling in deep making for good turns in the sheltered areas

Avalanche Problem #2
Type
Persistent Slab
Trend
Increasing Danger
Problem #2 Comments

With winds and new snow  the weak layer is being loaded up. 

Snow Profile
Aspect
Northeast
Elevation
9000
Slope Angle
20
Comments

150 cm total depth

top 10 cm fresh new powder in sheltered area

decent slab down to 90cm from the ground where there is a hard crust and then weak facets to the ground.

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