Gothic snowpack obs

CB Avalanche Center 2015-16 Observations

Location: Paradise Divide Area
Date of Observation: 12/21/2015
Name: Peter Innes
Subject: Gothic snowpack obs
Aspect: East
Elevation: 9600-9800

Avalanches: None.
Weather: Heavy snow through early morning, then partly sunny. Little to no wind.
Snowpack: About 24cm storm snow overnight, on top of 18cm storm snow that fell yesterday. Probing on an east aspect below treeline, snowpack was 80-90cm deep. Structure was consistent between two pits 200 vertical ft apart, fist hardness throughout with 3-5mm depth hoar, as well as a 5cm slab 40cm below surface, which was still fist hardness but slightly harder than rest of snowpack..

ECTP5 on a 38 degree convex rollover, with a Q2 shear 40cm deep on the 5cm slab previously mentioned.

A ski cut created an isolated series of fractures in the storm snow, but did not propagate. See image.