Date of Observation: 03/15/2017
Name: Jeff Banks
Aspect: North, North East, East, South East, South, South West, West, North West
Elevation: 8,400 – 10,900
Weather: Clear sky, calm/light winds at ridgeline @ 9:00 increasing to strong NW by 10:30
T: Lo -6C @ TH @ 6:30
0C @ 9:00 @ 10,900
Snowpack: W @ 10,900 ridgeline popped off a 4- 6” thick (Pencil hard) plywood sized wind slab overlying 10mm facets on a 20* slope wind whale
N 10,000-10,900 alternating pencil hard windslab & cohesion less facet wallowing ~12” deep of impressive grain size.
no other signs of instability, but our timing was early for the corn cycle so wouldn’t have seen anything. A few short wallow sections skiing up SE ~ 10:30 sheltered in open glades.
Snow in general seemed shallow but dense E-S-W