Date of Observation: 02/12/2021
Name: Zach Kinler
Zone: Northwest Mountains
Aspect: North, North East
Avalanches: No new avalanches observed, no vis of the surrounding terrain.
Weather: Cloudy, dumping snow for most of the tour, S5 average. Winds were calm to light in sheltered terrain increasing early afternoon with moderate gusts near tree line. Temps felt perfect for making snow.
Snowpack: 5″ on the skin track in the morning around 10:00 and 6″ when we returned at 14:30. 11″ HST and still going!. Small sluffs on the first couple runs turned into more storm slab type instabilities(upper 6″ of new snow) by the last run as increasing winds and snow density gave some “slabby-ness” to the newest snow. Managed the deeper weak layers by avoiding drifted slopes and the larger, un-supportive slopes and convexities.