Surface Hoar-Redwell Tour

Location: Kebler Pass Area
Date of Observation: 01/17/2017
Name: Chris Pruden
Subject: Surface Hoar-Redwell Tour
Aspect: North, North East, East, South East, South
Elevation: 9000-12100

Avalanches: Many loose snow avalanches on both sunny and shady aspects from small cornice failures and running from trees/rocks. Most of these were a day old (1/16/17). One of these stepped down to a slab on a lower eastern flank of redwell basin.
Weather: Foggy in the morning at the Kebler Pass TR. Climbed out of the clouds and into the sunshine for the rest of the day. Clouds lingered to the south and in valley bottoms. Fairly warm (25-30 F) on the way up to gunsight pass from. Cooler on shady aspects (20 F). No snow. Winds light and variable but seemed to be mostly out of the southeast.
Snowpack: Moist snow surface on sunny aspects all the way up to 12000 ft. Widespread surface hoar (some of it large) on all of the aspects we traveled on. I assume these will get baked off on sunny sides but they may persist on sheltered and shady aspects if they get buried.

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