Observation Date: 01/19/2014
South Bowl – On an east/southeast aspect @ 8,600 ft elevation. This was part of Five Valley Backcountry Ski Patrol training (snowpack assessment). .
The snow above treeline was generally very wind effected (sustrugi in many places). The snow surface was firm and supportable (almost like skiing on a groomer), except for a wind buff layer (2″) on loaded north aspects that made for great skiing.
Our pit results were as follows:
ECT15N Q2. We dug down about 90 – 110 cms. The failure occured about 15 cm’s from the surface and was slabby in nature. The entire column was pencil hardness and welded.
Sunny (with afternoon clouds), Temps in the upper 20’s above 8000 feet and windy.
There were swirling winds above 7500 feet with a fair amount of crossloading – the wind direction was variable.
New Snow: No New Snow
The only activity observed was a previously collapsed cornice in the south bowl, that did NOT appear to initiate an avalanche. Because of where it was located, it’s assumed it was a natural collapse.
Not sure if your able to mention FVBSP in your report. No pressure, but never hurts to ask.
Thanks! – Joe D.
Observer: Joe DiFulgentis