Observation Date: 12/27/2019
Rattlesnake- Point 6 Area
Snowing and cold
Light to Moderate winds out of the W
New Snow: 3-6″
Fast moving sluffs on terrain over 35 degrees. There was a stout rime crust on all aspects which the new light snow was easily sluffing on. When we left today around 1pm there was about 4 inches of new snow above 7000 feet and it was continuing to snow after we left.
We dug a pit on SE facing Jenny Bowl where we found a melt freeze crust with facets below it. Something to keep in mind in the future with more snow. The height of snow was 85 cm at 7500 feet where we dug. We got a CT13SC and an ECTP20 failing below a crust on facets 33cm from the ground. We also dug at 7500 feet in NE facing terrain and did not get any results in our pit. This goes to show the spacial variability in our snowpack. You might get good results in one spot then dig in another and get bad results. You cannot base your decisions to ski avalanche terrain just off one pit.
Observer: Todd Glew