Surface obs

CB Avalanche Center 2018-19 Observations

Location: Paradise Divide Area
Date of Observation: 01/15/2019
Name: Evan Ross

Subject: Surface obs Washington Gultch
Aspect: North East, East, West
Elevation: BTL

Weather: Sky became over cast by 10’ish am. Calm winds. Few flakes started falling at 2pm.

Snowpack: Interesting distribution of SH just below the snow surface. This SH was maybe .5cm down. Some places it was laid over, or poorly preserved, or just not there. In general, it didn’t look like it was going to be a well defined weak layer, but definitely something to keep a close eye on. On East and SE found the SH on top of a crust with a very light dusting of snow over it. These E and SE slope angels were around 30 degrees and I would wonder if it was more cooked off on steeper slopes.

Dug on pit on a ENE, 30 degree slope, at about 10,700ft. HS 120. No SH present on or just below the snow surface. Layer of SH down 20cm. No test results on the NSF below the holiday slab. Similar to this pit on Schuykill, those grains are now 1mm rounding and necking. Future layers of concern would be the upper SH layer, and the 4F depth hoard near the ground.

No collapses or shooting cracks.