Cascade/Baxter Basin

Location: Paradise Divide Area
Date of Observation: 12/02/2016
Name: ian havlick
Subject: Cascade/Baxter Basin
Aspect: North, North East, East, South East, South, South West, West, North West
Elevation: 10,000-11,600

Avalanches: no avalanches or signs of instability observed except for very minor new snow sloughing in extreme terrain.
Weather: Orographic snow all day, heavy at times. 10-20cm new snow. very light northwids at ridgetop, otherwise calm winds
Snowpack: Very impressive, generally good structured snowpack on all aspects but northerly. Many pits on NE, N, NW, E, and S facing slopes ATL. Generally 120-160cm snowpack with fist to 1 finger hardness snow descending until last 10cm near ground on northerly slopes. Last 10cm consisted of 3mm striated depth hoar. Specifically looked and stomped on steep, northerly terrain with no signs of instability, and good structured snowpack. One profile dug on S-facing slope at 11,500ft, had one mid-pack concerning crust, almost a greenhouse crust, with some very small associated facets.

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