Date of Observation: 12/03/2016
Aspect: North, North East
Avalanches: No signs of instability observed.
Snowpack: Toured north side of Snodgrass on Fri (12/2) and Sat (12/3) to check out snowpack prior to this weeks’ pending storm. HS varied from ~25cm up to ~65cm in protected areas on N / NE facing slopes.
Dug test pit at top of 1st Bowl on a protected 30* slope at 11K’ on 12/2. Structure was as follows:
HS: 65cm: 4cm of new snow; over ~41cm of 4F- .5mm rounded grains from late Nov storms; over 20 cm of F 1 – 1.5mm facets. ECTN 14, Q3 @ 20 cm facet layer.
Poor structure is there and found the facet layer down to ~10k’ on N facing slopes, but slab from late Nov storm showed limited consolidation / propagating potential except in the most wind-effected areas.