Swiss cheese?

CB Avalanche Center 2020-21 Observations

Date of Observation: 01/12/2021
Zone: Northwest Mountains
Location: Cool place
Aspect: North, North East
Elevation: 10,000-12,000

Avalanches: None
Weather: sunny, warm up high, calm
Snowpack: I don’t speak freaky deaky snow science but I do know this. The snowpack heading up to the ridge on a NE aspect was encouraging where it was deeper (120 cm) with a pretty stout “midpack.” Less encouraging when it got shallower and not so encouraging “midpack” (more like “midpunch”) due north 11,50-10,500 in areas that had not seen the sun. Like pole punchy with a smidge of resistance about 10 inches down and then no resistance to the ground. By the final pitch it was a facetfest. Swiss cheese? Spatial variability?

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