Date of Observation: 01/02/2016
Name: Evan Ross
Aspect: South East, South
Snowpack: HS was generally around 70-90cm up to about 12,000ft where the snowpack became much deeper in starting zones. A pit at 12,150 on a south aspect (attached) didn’t produce any results on the Christmas Storm Interface. Snowpack structure mostly felt the same through probing on other slopes traveled, just with shallower HS.
Another south aspect ever so slightly west of the previous had a very fat, or loaded start zone that was avoided.
Avalanches: During the Christmas natural cycle, the south bowl on the east side of the divider rip, avalanched naturally wall to wall from about 1/3 of the way down the track, at the slopes steepest slope angeles. The south bowl on the west side of the divider rib had also released naturally during the same storm with about 3/4th of the start zone pulling out from what looked like westerly wind loading. Both of these crowns are now nearly filled in and difficult to see.