Location: Cement Creek Area
Date of Observation: 03/07/2018
Name: Ben Pritchett
Subject: Upper Cement Creek / Upper Taylor
Avalanches: Numerous old D2 and D2.5 avalanches on northwest, north, to southeast aspects. See a sampling in the video.
Weather: Warm and calm, high thin clouds developing in the afternoon.
Snowpack: Generally faceted and weak. Trenchy sledding. Minor collapsing near treeline at the margins of slabs comprised of old wind deposited snow. Valley bottoms severely impacted by sustained inversions, creating unsupportive, completely rotten snowpack. As soon as you climb above the inversions, the mid-pack gains some strength and the Persistent Slab structure is in place.
Mostly dry surfaces, except on steeper sunny terrain, where free water had not yet percolated below the March 4th interface.