Mt. Baldy

Name: Evan Ross
Location: Paradise Divide Area
Date of Observation: 01/10/2015
Aspect: East, South East
Elevation: 11,00-12,800 ATL

Weather: Clear sky in our area. Clouds were draped over the Ruby Range and upper Slate River Valley for most of the day. Calm wind.

Snowpack: Lots of surface hoar on east and southeast aspects above treeline. It was everywhere in starting zones. On south aspects it was either laying flat or melted back into the sun crust. Otherwise snow surfaces are variably with near surface facets, wind texture, wind board, Sastrugi and sun crusts. Persistent Slab structure was obvious on easterly terrain while probing or in quick snowpits, though it was unreactive today. Only traveled on a few south facing slopes and this structure was variable. South facing slopes that have seen pervious wind loading were the areas that you could more reliably find a persistent slab.

Surface Hoar in one of many east facing starting zones on MT Baldy.

Surface Hoar in one of many east facing starting zones on MT Baldy.