Snow Pit Left of Left Gully

January 22, 2021 at 2:00 PM
Name: Ben Mirkin| Northern Vermont University / AIARE
Location: Left of Left Gully at 4600ft. ENE aspect

Northern Vermont University’s AIARE L2 course dug test pits at 4600 ft. on an ENE aspect and performed two extended column tests in snow 250 cm deep. Both of these tests resulting in ECTN25. With additional (excessive) force, we were able to create propagation and Q1 sudden planar shear 150cm down. When filling in the pit, I skied above and triggered a large shooting crack from my ski tip, which was 20 cm deep by 2 meters long (as shown in picture).