Observation Date: 02/24/2014

Route/Location:
Yurtski- Southern Swan Range, skin track set from Lupine Yurt to Morrell Lookout and beyond along ridgetop

Weather:
6,600 ft Lupine Yurt, no wind 18+ inches from Sunday (2:00 pm)2/23-2/24 (7:00 am)

2/24 snowed additional 4-6 inches storm total +/- 24 inches in 36 hrs, extremely light snow with no wind transport

2/25 and 2/26 high pressure crept in and solar radiation began to warm the surface of the new snow, light breeze cooled the snow and created a zipper crust 1/4 inch thick on east, south aspects

evidence of minor sloughing from rock out croppings and trees dropping roller balls

temps approx in the teens

Wind:
no wind below ridges, ridge top winds very light

New Snow: 12+”

Avalanche Activity:
east aspect, 30 degree slope, elevation approx. 7,600 ft. ECT 20, very low energy,approx 4 ft in the pit we found buried surface hoar most likely leftover from high pressure

snowpack depth approx. 7 ft

Other Comments:

Observer: Mark Waller

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