Schuykill Ridge

Observer: Donny Roth
Date: 2014-12-15
Location: Schuylkill Ridge
Elevation: 9000′ to 11,422′
Aspect: E to NE

Weather: Clear, Calm and 15 to 20F

Snowpack/Avalanche Obs: HS 90cm (max), Ski Pen 20 to 30 cm (off skin track), Boot Pen 70cm, 15 to 20 cm of new snow, very low density, mostly in tact dendrites, the mid-pack is stiffer in isolated areas but mostly the snowpack was new snow on top of facets.  First run in “Thanksgiving” produced significant sloughing, which slowed as angle of slope decreased – it didn’t go far.  Second run on “Lost Ski” (?) didn’t produce any activity at all.  The lower slopes (below 10,000′) seemed to be the “slabbiest” – obviously a product of down valley winds.